How to insert new starter pull cord - B&S 4HP Quattro


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Old 06-09-17, 12:14 PM
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How to insert new starter pull cord - B&S 4HP Quattro

I'm trying to install a new starter pull cord on a Briggs & Stratton 4HP Quattro engine (see image below) and can't for the life of me figure out how to get the new cord to thread through the inner pulley hole once it's through the hole in the housing. Any advice would be appreciated. (the bottom image shows how the rope looks after it's threaded)



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Old 06-09-17, 12:28 PM
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Turn the pulley in the direction it would turn if you were pulling the rope while starting the mower, now back it off enough so the rope holes line up between the housing and the pulley, now hold it, you may need to clamp it or block it somehow while you thread the rope through the housing and pulley, tie a knot in the end of the rope and slowly release the pulley while holding the rope outside the housing, slowly let the rope rewind and you are finished. Have a good one. Geo
 
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Old 06-09-17, 12:37 PM
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Thanks, but my question was specifically how to get the rope to continue through that inner hole once it was through the outer hole. I worked on it since my original post. What finally succeeded was to stiffen the end of the rope with a few windings of packing tape and then I could push it ahead through both holes. FWIW, I blocked the pulley with some long nose vice grips.
 
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Old 06-09-17, 01:28 PM
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Sorry I misunderstood the problem, thought you had never done one before and yes sometimes depending on the rope used it can be a pain getting it threaded. Have a good one. Geo
 
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Making sure you use the proper size rope is key. Most rope is nylon or some such and can be lit with a lighter then make a taper as it cools and it will dry in a stiff tapered point. Sometimes it is easier to thread it through the spool first then out the shroud. Like wise at the end of the knot, use a lighter and smoosh it out while still malleable, helps keep the knot from pulling out.
 
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Thanks guys, really appreciate the help. I like that idea of threading it backwards, maybe next time!
 
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Old 06-09-17, 08:40 PM
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I do it just like BFHFixit described.
 
 

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