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Broken spring in recoil starter on lawn mower

The pull cord broke when trying to start our lawn mower and then made an awful metal clanking noise afterwards. I pulled the cover off to replace the pull cord and the spring has broken and is loose in the recoil. I would try to rewind it but I cannot get the recoil starter off the mount because something is jammed and wont let it loose. What should i do?

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    beyondthe875 Jul 10, 2013

    But I cant get the flywheel (not sure if thats what its called?) off the mount because something is hung up. Dont I need to be able to take that whole wheel piece off to recoil the spring?
    I was originally going in to replace the pull cord but when i tried to remove the wheel it wouldnt come off and thats when i noticed the spring was loose and something was jamming it.

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While I have not done this on newer model lawn mowers, I have replaced recoil springs in the past. Here's what I did: First you need to pull the spark plug wire off so the engine will not start. Then block the flywheel with a piece of wood to keep it from turning. Then, using another piece of wood such as a short (6-8 inch) hardwood dowel placed against the ears of the recoil drive, and drive it in a reverse direction (clockwise) with a hammer to knock it loose. It may take several sharp blows to break it loose. The recoil drive is reverse threaded to keep it from coming loose when the engine is running. Once the drive is loose, remove it to get access to the recoil spring which must be replaced if it is broken. With a new spring in place, rethread the recoil drive counter clockwise until it is finger tight. Then, tighten it down with one sharp blow against the wooden dowel.

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just rewind the spring starting with the outer end and fill it back into unit. I always have the rope extended and rewind it back in and reinstall

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