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How do I pull the clutch assembly to replace the pull rope?

How do I replace the pullrope?

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  • Anonymous Oct 01, 2008

    i cant figure out how to get the clutch off to replace the pull cord

  • braneal Oct 13, 2008

    I have the same problem. I cant get the clutch assembly off to replace the pull chord.

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Remove the starter housing, usually only 3 or 4 bolts or screws. on the inside should be a large white or black wheel, hold the outer case with one hand and rotate the wheel counter-clockwise with the other as many times as can without force. on the inside of the wheel should be a small hole, rotate the wheel to line it up with rope guide hole on the outer case/housing. use a nail or small screwdriver to help hold in place. feed the start rope through the 2 holes and tie a knot at the end, single or double depending on the size of the hole. if the end of the rope is frayed, use lighter to melt and twist to a point to make it easier to handle. when reassembling you may need to jiggle the handle for realignment. it works on an inner spring coil tensioner system, so if the cable has no tension when rotated or doesn't recoil back, the starter assembly will need to be replaced.

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