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Old 06-05-01, 02:00 PM
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The recoil spring on my Weedeater blower would not totally rewind the cord. I soaked it in kerosene for several days, dried it and then a good coat of oil. Now I can't figure how to put some preliminary tension on it while reinstalling. I have looked at several small engine books but they all address Briggs. Any suggestions?
 
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Old 06-05-01, 07:56 PM
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Hello sandy2000

There are basically two different types of pull rope starters. However, they all have one thing in common. A tightly wound spring which could become dangerous if incorrectly handled. therefore, DO NOT remove the rope pulley or the center screw of the cap if there is one!

You'll have to wind the rope pulley counterclock wise until tightened. Hold it there and feed the rope thru the started housing hole, then thru the pulley hole and knot it. It must knot so it then fits down into the pulleys recess hole where the rope came up and thru to knot it.

Then carefully release the pulley. Let it slide thru your fingers until all the rope gets taken in except where the pull gip gets installed.

Without tools, it may be a task for three hands which means a second person to help.

I have no idea what you soaked in kerosene for several days or for what purpose. Doesn't matter now anyway. Install new rope.

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Old 06-06-01, 03:43 AM
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Tom, Thanks for the reply. Once again I learned that what I am thinking is not always what I say! It was the actual coil spring that I soaked in kero to help clean the corrosion and lite rust that was on it. I now have it rewound and in position for reassembly but need to get tension on it before proceding to the procedure you outlined. Any ideas?
 
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Old 06-06-01, 06:50 AM
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Hello Sandy

Thanks for the reply and it's included information update. The answer to your question, posed within your reply, is answered in the second paragraph of my orginal reply.

I.E. now that the spring was removed, cleaned and reinstalled, wind the pulley in the opposite direction from which the rope turns it, when the rope is pulled out to start the engine. Doing so will apply tension to the spring.

Winding up the spring is that simple. Just rotate the pulley counter clockwise. But be positive the springs both ends are securely locked in place with it's end tabs.

Further, if the spring is already inside the starter housing and the rope pulley is installed, the above applies. However, if not, attach one end of the spring to the slot found in the ropes pulley. Install pulley then wind pulley by hand while feeding in the spring.

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