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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Remove the 3 nuts holding the recoil assembly to the flywheel. Observe how the old rope is attached and wound. Rope is sold by the foot at mower repair shops. 3-4 ft should do. The rope is held in the recoil assembly by a knot and held in the handle by a knot.
Remove recoil rope assembly. Ensure rope is properly wrapped around. While recoil assembly is removed use ratchet and socket to rotate fly wheel, remove spark plug first, observe compression and exhaust at spark plug whole during rotation of fly wheel. Clean or replace spark plug. Ensure oil is full. 30w. Set spark plug gap. Always use Stabile in gas. Replace coil rope is required. Purchased by the foot at any mower repair store.
Remove nuts mounting recoil assembly. Observe how rope is wound around pulley. Find end knot in pulley wheel. Cutoff end knot and remove old rope. Find end knot in handle, use needle nose pliers pull thru old rope. Rope is sold by the foot at mower repair shops. Replace rope as observed before removal. Cut to size after wrapping recoil assembly and attaching thru handle at proper length if at recoil assembly or on mower handle. Ensure good knot in hole of recoil assembly and handle.
Remove recoil assembly from top of engine. Observe recoil wheel and find knotted end of rope in wheel, Observe direction of rope wrapped around wheel, cut knot off wheel end of rope remove rope. Rope purchased by the foot at mower repair shop. Feed new rope end into hole in recoil wheel wrap around in correct direction, feed rope thru recoil cover, remove old rope from handle, feed new rope thru handle to proper length, Knot rope to stay in handle.
- Remove the recoil assembly. Depending on engine model you may have to remove the air shroud with the recoil. - Remove the broken rope assembly from the spool by lifting the knot out of the hole and cut off the knot. - Pull the remainder of the old rope out of the recoil spool - Take the remainder of rope out of the pull handle
On the new rope burn the ends with a match. With wet fingers pinch the ends of the rope while hot/melted until it is the same size as the rope. Form a point on the ends - Install the new rope in the handle by threading it into the handle and tie ONE small knot on the end. - Pull very hard on the rope until the new knot seats in the handle. Assemble handle. - PREWIND the spool in the recoil until it stops winding. I.e. max out spring tension but do not over wind it or you will break the spring. Make sure NOT to wind it in the wrong direction or you will break the spring - Back off the spool until the knot hole is aligned with the rope guide bushing on the outside of the recoil. - Either use a C-clamp or a 2nd person to hold the pre-wound spool in place. -Thread the new rope through the outer rope guide and into then through the knot hole in the spool. -Tie ONE small knot in the rope and pull it HARD back into the knot hole until the knot seats in the knot hole. -Release C-clamp or have 2nd person let go of the spool. The rope will rewind into the recoil assembly. -reinstall recoil/air shroud on the engine.
That should get you mowing again. Thanks for choosing FixYa, Kelly
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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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.
-In bnjays case the rope was broken. Sometimes the rope retracks partially or slowly because the surface that the spring edges rub against when retracting the cord, are badly rusted. Disassemble and wire brush the rust off, or leave assembled and spray in thru holes in the pull start with WD40.Avoid getting WD40 on the rope.