I have an older Toro Mower, model# 26622, s/n# 24118. The rope broke on the recoil recoil assembly. So I thought I should just turn the internal spring counter-clockwise, then tie the new rope through the tie hole and then allow the string to wind the rope into the recoil assembly. The problem I am having is that each time I try to turn the spring assembly counter clock-wise, it sounds like it is slipping and I lose all my tension. What am I doing wrong?
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Hi, this job requires a little patience and manual dexterity. First, remove the coil from the back pack. Then, keeping your thumb on the inside of the coil, remove the screw that holds the recoil assembly together. Sometimes it may be just jammed and actually snap back as you loosen the screw. If not then the coil needs to be set back into it's groove. If you are able to accomplish this, then you can install your new recoil rope.
your pull cord is still attached to the grab handle, it's likely your
spring is still wound. Follow this if this is the case, purchase rope of the correct length (or cut) and the correct diameter at your local lawn/garden store, then: 1. Disconnect the long drive shaft by removing the small set screw and the clamp - pull the shaft out of the engine body. 2. Remove the recoil assembly (About 5-5 torx bolts). You may need to disconnect a wire to the kill-switch at this time. 3. Pull the cord until it stops and use a small piece of wood acting as a wedge to jam between the recoil and the housing. 4. Cut the line and pull the knotted terminating end from the hosing. 5.
Keep the wedge tight so it does not spin back. If this happens, you
will simply need to rewind the spring back (about five turns) and
re-wedge it. 6. Feed line through the recoil housing and into the recoil. Pass line through the hole in the recoil and knot the end. Trip to about .25 inch tail. Pull the rope through the grab handle and single or double knot this. 7. Remove the wedge and allow the spring to pull the rope back into the recoil. 8. If it does not completely recoil, either your rope is too long or you will need to add a "wind" to your spring buy removing the line and wind back 1 more turn. Retry.
You have to remove the whole engine air shroud over the flywheel to gain access to the recoil and rope mechanism.
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Suggest to remove recoil housing/assembly and try to rotate the flywheel. Remove the spark plug & check for a silver or aluminum color or coating.
If the flywheel will not turn by hand, the piston/cylinder is seezed. No further repair is affordable.
If the flywheel turns by hand and the spark plug is a dark brown color, then focus your attention to the recoil assembly to see if rope is bound or wound around the rope rotor.
Easiest way is to remove the complete blower housing assembly, remove the old rope, then twist the rope pulley around and around until the spring is tight, ease it back until the hole in the pulley for the rope lines up with the hole in the recoil housing and stick a small screwdriver through the pulley and the housing to hold tension on the spring. Next, take your new rope and feed it first through the recoil housing, then through the hole in the pulley, tie a good solid knot right at the end of the rope and pull it back out until you feel it pulling on the pulley. Now holding tension on the rope, remove the screwdriver and let the spring tension slowly pull the rope back into the the pulley until it is full, pull it back out about a half turn on the pulley and tie a slip knot against the outside of the housing to hold it in place and reassemble everything. Hook the end of your rope through the rope guide on your handle if it has one, slip the handle on and tie a knot to hold it. Cut off the excess, pop out the slip knot and it will pull up tight and you are ready to go
It sounds like the starter drive may be jammed. It should not be engaged unless you are using the starter motor. Take the spark plug wire off, put on heavy leather gloves, and try turning the blade by hand to dislodge the starter drive. If it does dislodge, plug the spark plug wire back up and try the pull start again.
Clock spring either broken or un-hooked in inside of pull assembly. you have to take it apart and either re-attach spring or replace spring. Interior of assembly shoul;d be available on-line. You should have model # available.
To take the housing off, you may need to remove the carb choke houseing "becasue of a hard to reach bolt. A small oil filler tube screw and then a couple screws on the top. I dont know if you broke the rope or of the assemble inside is broke, but they make a kit for new springs and wings that is fairly simple to replace if thats the latter of the two.
I would discourage the average handy person from undoing the screw on the plastic reel inside under the cover and pulling up, as it is the metal band that creates the recoil tension and those are challenging still 15 years later. ;)
when the rope broke you first must rewind sring and load tension on it first then install spring while it is underload clamp with vise grips until string is fed through then release slowly allowing string to recoil