Craftsman Backpack blower replacing starter rope

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Old 10-07-09, 01:38 PM
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Craftsman Backpack blower replacing starter rope

i need to find out how to replace the starter rope in a craftsman backpack blower.. model number 316.794990.. i followed the instructions on how to do it from one site but its not working.. and it says nothing in the owners manual... help!
 
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Old 10-07-09, 07:02 PM
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Look here:

Full Diagram | SearsPartsDirect.com

Remove part #27 and you can put the new rope on right there. Just pull out the old rope, wind up the spool until it stops, then back it up until the holes for the rope in the spool and housing line up, feed the rope through, secure it to the spool, tie the handle on the other end, and let the spring wind it back up onto the spool.
 
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Old 10-08-09, 06:14 PM
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do i wind it up clockwise? and is there a special tool to use to wind up the spool? it is really hard to turn it even once... while holding the outer part of the spool and turning the inside part of it... if i just spin the whole thing, it just keeps turning and turning.. so im thinking that either something is broken or missing inside.. is this similiar to a mower?
 
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You turn it in the same direction it would turn if you were starting the engine, this tightens the spring, when you install the new rope and let go of the rope it rewinds. Have a good one. Geo
 
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Old 10-08-09, 09:09 PM
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You just turn the entire spool. If it just spins without resistance, the spring is broken or unhooked. Take the spool off and see. Watch out for the spring, it can come flying out and cut you or hit an eye. Yes, it's like a mower rewind starter.
 
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