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Starter rope trouble

With a TB320bv. The starter rope will not pull.

The on/off stop control is on. Throttle control is at 1. The gas tank is completely full, and the fuel cap is securely on. The primer bulb has been pushed ten times.

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  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    I have the same issue with one of their Spring assist line trimmers. One of the problems could be that the piston is "stuck" at top dead center. They say to remove the spark plug then pull the starter rope to free it.


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It might be vapor lock, try taking the spark plug out and giving it a pull

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I ran my blower without oil by accident and now it doesn't have resistance on the pull string and won't start, why?

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The reason two stoke engines run oil in the gas is for lubrication. By not mixing oil in the gas and running the unit may have scored the cylinder causing low compression. It may be time for a new blower. If in doubt, purchase a compression tester from a local auto parts store. They simply screw in the same threads that the spark plug does. Once threaded in, pull starter rope several times and observe reading. You should have at least 60 psi cold. If your reading is significantly lower, you will need a new cylinder and piston and wont be worth doing. Another method is to remove the muffler and look inside cylinder with a flashlight and look for scratches on cylinder wall. Hope this helped.

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Partial disassembly of the machine will be required to access/diagnose the exact problem. The starter/recoil unit goes on top of the flywheel and the flywheel is on the engine shaft. The obstacles will be removing the main cover (and getting it back on correctly). If you have never done this, them maybe take pictures as you disassemble it to help you reassemble. Once you reach the starter/recoil unit, you will see how it works and be able to resolve the problem. Some of these units have inferior design and engineering flaws where they mate nylon parts with metal and of course, the nylon doesn't hold up. Post back for more help if needed once you get to the starter unit.

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Remove the cover from the side of the blower that contains the pull start. This usually involves removing the self-tapping screws that join the two halves of the blower housing together.

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  • Remove the broken rope from the starter pulley. Usually the rope is attached to the pulley with a simple overhand knot; just grab the knot and pull the rope back through the hole in the pulley. Sometimes the rope is attached to the pulley with a staple or some other fastener, which you'll have to remove first.
  • 3 Remove the handle from the replacement rope, if it's already attached.
  • 4 Thread the end of the rope opposite the handle through the hole in the starter pulley, working from the inside of the pulley (the side facing in toward the engine).
  • 5 Fasten the rope to the pulley. If it attaches with a knot, simply tie an overhand knot, pull it tight and trim off any excess rope sticking out of the knot. If it attaches with a fastener, replace the fastener.
  • 6 Wrap the rope counterclockwise around the pulley until the pulley is full; this usually involves one or two wraps.
  • 7 Thread the free end of the rope through the hole in the blower housing.
  • 8 Replace the blower housing and screw it in place.
  • 9 Trim off excess rope, leaving about 6 inches of rope protruding from the blower housing.
  • 10 Attach the handle to the starter rope. This typically involves threading the rope through one or two holes in the handle and securing with an overhand knot.

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