Recoil spring Bodycraft vr100 rower. The recoil spring to rewind the handle strap after each pull has unwound and will not rewind the handle. Recoil action will only rewind 1/4 to 1/3 of the handle strap at most. Spring ends appear to be secure. Something appears to have slipped to allow the spring to partially unwind and reduce its strength. How can the spring be wound tighter and secured?
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when it broke it may have unwound. the spring has to be wound up before it will recoil. you tube has many videos to show you how to rewind the spring. be careful as when wound up it has pressure on it. also be sure to back it off one turn past the string hole so if you pull all the way out it will not break the spring.
- Remove the recoil assembly. Depending on engine model you may have to remove the air shroud with the recoil. - Remove the broken rope assembly from the spool by lifting the knot out of the hole and cut off the knot. - Pull the remainder of the old rope out of the recoil spool - Take the remainder of rope out of the pull handle
On the new rope burn the ends with a match. With wet fingers pinch the ends of the rope while hot/melted until it is the same size as the rope. Form a point on the ends - Install the new rope in the handle by threading it into the handle and tie ONE small knot on the end. - Pull very hard on the rope until the new knot seats in the handle. Assemble handle. - PREWIND the spool in the recoil until it stops winding. I.e. max out spring tension but do not over wind it or you will break the spring. Make sure NOT to wind it in the wrong direction or you will break the spring - Back off the spool until the knot hole is aligned with the rope guide bushing on the outside of the recoil. - Either use a C-clamp or a 2nd person to hold the pre-wound spool in place. -Thread the new rope through the outer rope guide and into then through the knot hole in the spool. -Tie ONE small knot in the rope and pull it HARD back into the knot hole until the knot seats in the knot hole. -Release C-clamp or have 2nd person let go of the spool. The rope will rewind into the recoil assembly. -reinstall recoil/air shroud on the engine.
That should get you mowing again. Thanks for choosing FixYa, Kelly
If the spring is unwound. Recoil Spring Rewind I invert and secure the starter housing and rewind the spring large coil to small (need eye protection and both hands). I am right handed so I tension the spring enough to insert it inside the previous coil while holding what has already been installed with my left about 180° from my right hand. The tension will hold the spring in the housing once completely rewound. Then bend slightly the inner most part to engage the starter spool. It will require about 2 turns of pretension for it to retract properly. If the starter cord needs a pretension, this works quite well. R² Starter Rope by SmallEng.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRyy3MlsjVo If you have more questions or need additional help please reply below and I will get back to you. Thank you for using FixYa and Good Luck. HTH Lou
If the spring needs rewound this is how I do it, there are other methods. Recoil Spring Rewind I invert and secure the housing and rewind the spring large coil to small (need eye protection, and both hands). I am right handed so I tension the spring enough to insert it inside the previous coil while holding what has already been installed with my left about 180° from my right hand. The tension will hold the spring in the housing once completely inserted. Then bend slightly the inner most part to engage the starter spool.
Order a new recoil spring from your suppier. It comes wound up. Remove the old part first usually four screws on the outside. Make sure the rope is fully wound then insert the new spring and reassamble. If it becomes unwound by mistake its a labourious job to rewind but can be done.