Pull start rope pulled out too far


Old 08-23-01, 01:19 AM
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I have a Murray 3.5 H.P. 20" cut mower. While trying to adapt it to another handle (old one broke),the pull cord was pulled out too far. It won't recoil back in all the way and cannot be pulled back out. Just wondering what has happened and what to expect repairing it. Any tips or cautions to look out for would be appreciated.Thanks in advance.

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Old 08-23-01, 03:22 PM
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Hi CoolBreeze,

If the string won't retract then it appears that you most likely have broken spring or tangled rope. This repair job is not too difficult, but i do suggest you buy a small engine repair manual (normally around $12) and available at any auto parts store. It will be useful for other problems you run into in the future as well. Someone can tell you how to do this job online, but the pictures in the manual can help you more than text ever will. A vise grip (pliers), screw driver, and wrench (or small socket) is all you'll probably gonna need for this job. And maybe a new spring and rope if they are broken.

Good luck and wear eye protection.

Old 08-23-01, 08:54 PM
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Hello: CoolBreeze

Coiled springs, used in the starter housing assembly to retract the rope, can become dangerous to work with. Depending on the specific type of starter housing assembly used and coiled spring assembly installed, there are several methods used to replace the spring and or install the pull starter rope.

Instead of attempting to repair or replace the coiled spring in the starter housing or the pull cord, I suggest you remove the starter housing cover and it to your local lawn mower/small engine repair shop and have the coiled spring, rope, etc. reinstalled. The customary costs for this type of minor repair is small.

Having this service done professionally saves time and avoids the potential dangers of working with coiled springs that often require specialized tools for removing and replacing uncaged springs, rewinding the pull rope etc.

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Small Engine Service and Repair Technician.

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