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Stihl weed trimmer starter cord won't retract

My brand new Stihl FS 70 was working fine, but today when I pulled the starter cord it wouldn't retract. How do I fix it?

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SOURCE: pull cord is out and wont return. unable to crank stilh fs 45 we

Could be several things including a broken return spring. If you are not experienced with these springs please take it to a reputable shop to avoid any personal injury.

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SOURCE: gas weed eater pull cord wont retract after pulling cord

remove the cover and the screw holding the recoil down, turning the pulley ccw should release the spring then wind rope around pulley and (hopefully yours has the slot in it) wind in the direction of the pulley teeth then, holding rope in slot put back on spring and wind cw till almost tight, and install screw. Usually you can do this without taking rope handle off. sometimes you have to remove handle. look at spring end in the middle and make sure its not broke as long as you have it apart. Its a easy fix.
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