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We were putting a new pull starter rope on an older homelite 240 chain saw and accidently dropped the cover. The spring came out. Now we are having a very hard time trying to get it back in. Is there an easy or easier way?

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  • Anonymous Apr 24, 2009

    hey I have a homelite 240 chainsaw  and the pull string was all the way out when my friend gave it to me im sittin here trying to just rebuild the thing but i dont understand  how the spring system works it has a coil type spring that the plastic piece that holds the pull string is attached to but I cant get it to feed back into itsself alone

  • David Ford
    David Ford May 11, 2010

    Does the spring look like a fish tape for electrical wiring? If so when that happened to me I would just have to take my time and coil the spring back into the housing with one hand putting some pressure while the other pushes the spring into it. If not let me know what it looks like and I will research further. Good luck

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Wear saftey glasses...

hold the middle coils and keep pulling the outer coil slowly hold the spring with long nose pliers. keep tightening it up un till its smaller than the case hole...
make sure its on the right side..

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