Tiller recoil rope


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Old 10-18-23, 07:05 PM
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Tiller recoil rope

I had to replace the starter clutch on my 8hp Wheel Horse tiller.

When I pull the rope, the starter works and the engine starts and the rope is withdrawn
But I noticed that the rope is loose and has no tension. Can be pulled very easily

Only when I turn the engine off will the rope then have the tension...and I can then pull on it and restart the engine.

Is it normal for the rope to have no tension after pulling on it and engine is running and get the tension back after the engine stops?

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Old 10-18-23, 11:42 PM
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The starter can't engage a running engine. If it did it would wrap the rope up so fast it would yank it violently out of your hand and pop the handle off of it with enough force to hurt you. I've had it happen. The resistance you feel with the engine off is you turning the engine. If the engine is already turning, there is nothing for the starter to do or engage to.
 
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Ok..

What you are saying is it should be loose after the engine is running and recoiled

After pulling the cord and engine kicking over., the rope seems liked it did not want to rewind and i had to coax it to wind up. Very loose

.I will have to check again


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It should rewind quickly and sharply. If not, the rewind is not moving freely and/or the clutch is dragging.
 
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I would try increasing starter recoil spring tension with the rope fully recoiled.
 
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Finally got a video. I started the tiller a few times and the clutch seems to be working. the rope does rewind, but is loose after running. I don't recall if this is normal.

Below is a short video

https://youtube.com/shorts/JvszMPOI7...H4skTIU3vt0kBf

 
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Old 12-01-23, 11:56 AM
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You need to take the starter shroud off, remove the spring and either retension the spring and rewind it, or get a new spring and rewind it.
 
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ok..

i could also get a new assembly?
 

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What it's doing is normal. If you want more tension on the rope when it's running you can put another wind on the return spring, but it looks like you don't need to do anything.
 
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Old 12-02-23, 02:01 AM
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What is it supposed to do? The clutch is disengaged because the engine is running. What can it turn? Nothing. This is how it worked since the day it was made.
 
 

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