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How to fix a recoil rope starter on lawn and garden equipment.

This tip is to help you if your power equipment starter rope broke and needs to be replaced.
Step One: Prepare the equipment to be worked on by disconnecting the spark plug wire from the spark plug. This will prevent accidental startups while working on the engine.
Make sure safety systems are in place. If this is a ride on unit make sure the brake is set and the battery is disconnected.
Step Two: Remove the Starter housing or blower housing. The starter itself will have at least three fastening points and may vary in shape depending on the machine. It is not recommended to remove any rivets if you come across them. Most machines with rivets are part of a larger housing that needs to be removed.
Step Three: Remove the leftover rope and inspect the starter spring. Once off of the machine you can remove any old rope and test the spring. the spring test is to spin or charge the spring as if the rope was being pulled out. As long as tension builds up in the spring you are ready to put a new rope in. If the spring does not build tension order a new spring from a dealer like www.arcolawn.com
Step Four: Charge the spring and install the rope. Charge the spring as mentioned above by rotating it as if the rope was being pulled. Once tight back the spring off one turn and put the rope into the starter through the housing and into the pulley. Tie a knot on either end ot the rope and then slowly let the rope into the starter (make sure the grip is between the two knots).
Step Five: Reinstall the starter housing on the machine and test.
I hope this helps. Joe

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