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There is a pawl that engages the recoil starter with the power take off end of the engine. It is probably sticking. If you remove the recoil starter and pull the cord you should see the pawl swing out, then retract when the cord is released. If you take it apart clean out all the gummy grit and give sliding parts a coat of lubriplate which is a light, waterproof lubricant you can purchase in a small tube just about anywhere.
Sounds like the starter spring has broken, remove the three torx screws securing the starter and remove the starter, prise off the r clip holding the pulley and pawl on ( note the orientation of the clip on the pawl ) remove the pulley, the spring is in a cassette, remove the cassette and replace with new, refit the pulley, make sure the pulley locates properly into the hook on the starter spring, re fit the pawl and r clip, enter the cord into the cut a way in the side of the pulley, now wind the pueey around to tention the spring.
The wire clip that secures the pulley also acts as a clutch, as the pulley turns the wire clip tries to stay still, and in doing so pushes the plastic pawl out, so you either do not have enough tention on the clip around the centre post, or the wire clip is not around the plastic dowel on the starter pawl.
EchoUSA (all models) http://www.echo-usa.com/documentation.asp If your saw is not listed type "CS" in the “Model:” window, click "Search" and select your saw from the list provided. If you have more questions or need additional help please reply below and I will get back to you. HTH & Good Luck. Lou Thank You for using FixYa.
the plastic pawls on the flywheel catch the starter pulley to turn the engine over when the starter is pulled. the spring hold the pawls in, centrifugal force holds them out when the engine is running. the one that is broken may not catch and allow the starter to skip. That is an old saw and the fuel line may be collapsing due to being softened by the fuel.
Hello Ms Weem:
Will the starter cover from your first Wild Thing fit?
Have you looked at the starter cover on a different new Wild Thing (demo)? Is it like yours?
Are you releasing the starter rope with it extended?
Yours is the first problem of this type I've heard for your saw. There is no pulley guide or starter rope thimble I'm aware of. I'd think a small nylon or teflon bushing for the starter rope could be fabricated by a machine shop but it would be at your expense. HTH