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Lawn Mower Wants to Pull My Arm out of Socket When Pull Starting

Have you ever had one of those days??? You know the tyoe the ones that nothing ever seems to be going right for you??
You run out for milk for the coffee you been longing for and just made and no milk!!
You get in the car and no gas!!
You no the drill!!
Well after all that is done and resolved you go out to your shed and decide to cut the lawn as it is getting a bit repulsive looking only because of the many other chores that we have to take on as an upstanding and responsible homeowner.
So you pull out the mower, fill it with REGULAR gas, check the oil and determine it neds a top off, notice the air filter is real dirty so you run to Sears and purchase a new one for your Sears Craftsman 22" self propelled Briggs and Stratton that has been in the family for 10 years and replace it, then you prime the fuel button at least 5 times because what they recommend and what it takes to start the old glimmer are two different things, and WALLA....you are ready for the PULL START CEREMONY!!!
Ok here goes everything is right on target,
OIL ...check
LAWN BLADE SHARP...check....
But when you do so you almost rip your rotator cuffs out of your sloulder joints...so what do you do....YOU PULL AGAIN...this time your fingers almost come off at the knuckle joints being they were wrapped around the pull handle extra firm gripped, folks if this ever happens to you dont try to start it any further as you will only damage yourself... heres what you need to do to fix this :
The mower aparently steruck something the last time out damaging the woodruff key,shear pin whatever folks want to call it, it is a 50 cent item at any good hardware store, and can be replaced by simply removing the top shield and pull chord assembly off the mower either being held on by 3 bolts or 3 rivets(of which you drill the centers to remove) next take off the 3/4" nut holding the stator in placve and carefully look at the shaft sticking up...see the pin???if its still there and battered or not remove it take it to the hardware and match it up and also buy a pop rivet gun and proper rivets for re installing the pull chord assembly, after you slip the pin into the shafts notch reassemble the mower and now you should be good to go.
If the mower shakes violently then you must have either a bent blade which needs to be replaced ...or a "bent shaft" which requires the mower to be tossed...some folks straighten the shafts but once that heat treated iron gets bent it looses a good share of its temper and can come apart should you hit something once again in the lawn.
Hope this helps you all to enjoy having a safe summer cutting your lawn!!
Happy Mowering!!!

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