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Rope snapped in my recoil starter..

I have a Tecumseh LH318SA Snow Thrower. Went to start it and pulled the handle, heard a snap and the handle and rope came out. Is there any easy way to fix this? I have easy access and can remove the cover to the recoil starter but I have heard nightmare stories about springs popping out ect.
Any helpful hints?
Thanks,
Snowed In, West Roxbury MA

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  • Tiller D Mar 08, 2009

    Thanks for the start! However, when I tried to rewind the spring as you suggest, apparently the inside end of the spring had come loose (?) and I could hear it "click" with every revolution so it never wound up. Further access seems to be to uncrimp the axle, pull the cover of and see what's what()?) I get the sinking feeling, I'm in for a $50 replacement of the whole thing and down time just when I'm doing spring tilling (Troy Built, Econohorse, 6hp Tecumseh) - what do you suggest?

  • JERRY ABELL
    JERRY ABELL Jan 21, 2012

    hello joy,,you can remove the 3 small screws holding the pull stsrt on 1/4 ", i don't know if the pull ring is rivited on or has a bolt in the middle,if rivited on you have to buy a new one,if there is a bolt in the middle you can get a new spring and install it,when you remove the ring make note on how it comes appart and put back together,the price for a new pull start is aroung $60.00,,hope this helps.

  • JERRY ABELL
    JERRY ABELL Jan 21, 2012

    i was wrong the pull stsrt is $80.00..

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Take off the and and turn the coiler on the inside a few turns and when it starts to get tight put a screwdrive through it so it wont spin, put the rope in the hole and bring it out and tie a knot. the turn it gently to release the screwdriver and let it coil the rope back in

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    allstarcyr Jan 22, 2013

    take off the and and turn the coiler on the inside a few turns and when it starts to get tight put a screwdrive through it so it wont spin, put the rope in the hole and bring it out and tie a knot. the turn it gently to release the screwdriver and let it coil the rope back in

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