I have a old Toro snow blower, the recoil rope broke luckily close to the handle. I was able to tie a new knot throw the handle but after pulling it to start the rope will not recoil, any easy fixes to this?
-In bnjays case the rope was broken. Sometimes the rope retracks partially or slowly because the surface that the spring edges rub against when retracting the cord, are badly rusted. Disassemble and wire brush the rust off, or leave assembled and spray in thru holes in the pull start with WD40.Avoid getting WD40 on the rope.
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Don't bother. If you go to your local small motor' repair shop or the local dump/ waste recycle center you will find lots of old lawn mowers or in your case snow blowers that have been discarded for reasons other than the engines. The Tecumseh engine is usually the last thing still in very good shape and you can get it for a very low price. By mistake I left one out side all winter under snow and rain, it started first pull in the spring.
Been there, but not 100% sure why. If machine also has self propel wheel drive then try turning the motor over by pushing mower at same time as pulling starter rope or disengaging self propel by releasing handle quickly a couple times.
This could be a lot of things. IF the fuel mixture is not right then the wear on the engine is excessive. Take the spark plug out and see if it is easier to pull. IF it is then the compression is too high and this could be from timing. If neither or those work, the clutch might be bad.
Unless the recoil spring is broken, then you may have neglected to pre-load the recoil spring. With the recoil unit off of the motor, wind the rope fully around the pulley. Then, while keeping the rope fully wound, turn the pulley about 5 times around in the direction that would push the hope out through the hole. At this point the recoil spring will be trying to spin. Without losing that tension, push the end of the rope out through the hole, thereby putting a bit more tension on the recoil spring. Tie on the handle. Now, when you let go of the rope, the spring should hold the handle snug against the hole.
An alternative method is to use a rope about 2 to 3 feet longer than the original. Wind it fully around the spool and put the end of it through the hole. Now pull the extra length through the hole until the tension is sufficient. Cut off the extra length and tie on the handle.
Play with it ... My Tecumseh does the same. The little catches inside dont always catch like they should. You can remove it and fiddle with them like I did ... it will work for a while and go bacl the the 1/2 trick. You can replace it ... and it will be ok for a while ...
I have learned to live with it ... my tiller is 1977 model
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
I had exactly the same problem, I tried to clean the carb several times without any luck. I gave up on the carb as it was an EPA style without adjustable mixture needles. Bought a new carb for it, installed it and the engine fired up right away. Took me 10min to let it warm up and dial the mixture, it has been fine ever since.
I recommend to buy the replecement carb old-new stock mfg pn: 632334A Tecumseh Carburetor with mixture needles