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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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you will need to flip the casing upside down and wind the pulley counter clockwise, it should be pressure on the pulley if not then it is clockwise, once you have wound it six or seven times, you will need to feed the pull rope from the outside in, there is a hole on the pulley where the rope comes through, while keeping the tension on the pulley, once the rope is through you will need to knot the end and burn the end of the knot, let go of the pulley it will wind the rope, pull on the rope a few times to make sure the knot is holding, then reassembly the unit. Hope this helps Tim
1 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.
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.
Remove the handle from the replacement rope, if it's already attached.
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).
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
Wrap the rope counterclockwise around the pulley until the pulley is full; this usually involves one or two wraps.
Thread the free end of the rope through the hole in the blower housing.
Replace the blower housing and screw it in place.
Trim off excess rope, leaving about 6 inches of rope protruding from the blower housing.
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.
The pop rivets are irrelevant. if you look in the center of the nylon retract pulley inside, you'll see the screw that holds it all together. Take that screw out, and the pawl system will come out(make sure you remember how they came apart), then you can pull your retractor out, take the old rope out, put the retractor back in, wind it up all the way, then you can run the new rope in and tie the knot. Then let it draw the new rope in, put everything back together, and if you let it draw it in and had rope left over, pull it out about 4 inches before you put the handle on. Don't let go of the rope at this point, or you'l have to take it apart again. After this, make sure everything's back together the right way, and put the cover back on.
It is not a question of clockwie or not, it depends on the direction of rotation of the engine, they are not all the same.
*wind the rope/spring in the direction that the rope would pull the rope rotor.
1) remove the recoil housing
**NOTE: normally you DO NOT need to remove the rotor pulley or spring to replace the rope. This is the area that causes so many guys a lot of extra trouble
2) locate the string that is left and the hole it is threaded thru
3) determine how much string has broken off of the rope that came out
Note: if more than 1 inch is left, then the rope needs to be replaced
4) after rope is obtained, make sure both ends are melted to a point for easier threading thru handle and rope rotor
5) install the rope (with the handle installed on one end) thru the recoil housing and towards the rope rotor.
6) with the rotor free of tension, route the rope from the groove toward center and up thru the hole. Tie a knot in the end of the rope, leaving a 3/8" tail free.
7) wind the rotor in the direction of what the rope would pull (this will tighten the spring) until the spring is completely wound. remove 1/2 to 1 revolution, and then allow rope to wind onto the rotor until all rope is wound.
8) Pull the rope several times to position rope properly into rotor.
*note : there should be NO droop in the handle after released
If droop is evident, wind the rotor and rope 1 revolution tighter so there is no droop of handle when released
9) when unit is functioning proplerly, re-install housing onto unit
Take the 4 bolts/screws loose that hold the shaft onto the weed-eater body, You will see the clutch drum, you need a long T20 TORX driver to loosen the screw in the center of the drum shaft. The screw probably won't come all the way out, so just pull the drum off as you loosen it.
Next you will see 3 flat clutch discs.
You may need to remove the spark plug and stuff some starter rope in the combustion chamber to keep the shaft from turning.
Unscrew these one at a time with a pair of large slip joint pliers. Be careful not to bend them and note which way they face. They unscrew clockwise I believe.
Once you have these out of the way, continue taking apart the plastic housing to gain access to the starter rope assembly. There is a spring under the rope reel, so remove the screw holding the reel in place and carefully remove the rope reel and spring.
Replace the rope, put the reel back in place and make sure the sping egages the little tab. Then wind it a few turns until there is moderate tension on the spring.
Feed the rope through the body and tie it to the T-handle. Replace the hold down screw that keeps the rope reel in place.
Test the pull tension before reassembly. It should retract the rope fully without too much tension and should not be loose. Lubricate the rope reel where it rubs against the housing with some light grade oil or lithium grease.
If everything functions, put it back together in reverse order.
Remove the rope from the combustion chamber and make sure there is no debris in it. Install the spark plug. You should be ready to go.
This usually happens at the most inopportune time. You go out mow the lawn, pull the rope and it comes out in your hand. Here's how to fix it yourself.
First, we'll talk about a simple rope replacement. In most cases you will have to remove the blower housing from the engine to get to the underside of the rewind starter where the rope is. We'll assume at this point that the spring is ok and you can just wind it back up again. You can check the spring by turning on the hub in a counter-clockwise direction and see if the spring gains tension. Do not try to remove the spring from its holder or you may end up having to take the mower in for service.
1. Remove the rope from around the hub. Since there is no tension, it should come right out. If you are lucky and it broke near one end, you can probably just re-use it. If it is badly frayed or too short, you will need to find a replacement at a local hardware store.
2. Attach the handle or tie a knot in one end of the rope so it will not wind all the way into the hub. You also may want to burn the rope ends to keep them from fraying and causing a problem in the future. Set the rope aside where you can grab it once you wind up the spring.
3. Wind the hub in a counter-clockwise direction using your thumb to keep it from unwinding, until the spring is tight. Then let it come back slightly so the rope hole in the starter housing lines up with the rope hole in the hub.
4. Stick the rope through both holes while holding the hub from unwinding. This is tricky because you don't want the hub to unwind on you before you have the rope secured in it. A pair of needle nose pliers or a small screwdriver or pick may help get the rope through.
5. Tie a half hitch knot in the rope after you have it through both holes. While holding the rope, release your hold on the hub and let the rope slowly pull itself back into the starter.
6. Put the blower housing back on and your ready to start the engine & mow. Kurt
The factory method is to bring the pull cord through the hole on the outside of the pulley, wrap clockwise once around the cogged part of the pulley, then over the pull cord and a clockwise wrap under the screw with the searated washer.