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Hi Susan. It sounds like the spring has either snapped or become un attached. It's going to be a two person job to re do it. It may be worth while going to a scrap metal merchant and getting the recoil starter of an old mower.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013

  • Susan Klingman Jul 26, 2013

    Thanks! It is a little difficult to get to it, so once we have taking the housing off, we will look at the spring. Thanks so much!

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SOURCE: Pull cord broke on my lawn boy mower,new cord won't retract??

I don't know exactly what you have there, but starters in general work pretty much the same. What you have to do with any starter when you replace the rope is to first wind up the spring with the pulley. Turn the pulley in the direction it would be turning if you were pulling the rope. When it's wound tight, back off to align the rope hole in the cover and the pulley. Stick the rope from the outside through the cover and pulley and tie a knot. Then let the spring tension pull the rope into the starter. Hope that helps. Dwain

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SOURCE: Yard Man 21" Mower Pull Cord Won't Retract

You will find the retractable spring is broken you can go to any lawn mower shop and buy a replace me, also Wal mart and others you will have to wind it up till rope is tight then hook to the flywheel where the slot is. cost about $10.00 also lube the center hub bearing with wd 40

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SOURCE: trying to replace pull cord for kee tm22 push

Take off the whole assembly, find and replace the spring, manuually wind up the reel until it is loaded with tension in the direction that will retract the cord. THEN put new cord in through the feedhole then the assembly, then tie a small figure eight knot at the very end of the pull cord, pull it tight so it stays in its recess and then let the cord retract by releasing the tension. - you now have a fully charged retractor assembly. put it on tightly with the three 10mm bolts, reattach the plastic cover and git mowin.

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SOURCE: We broke the pull cord and after pulling the cord

remove the cord assembly ,, either the cord is off track and needs to be rewound or it broke and needs replacement

Posted on Jul 16, 2011

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SOURCE: i replaced the pull cord

You have to tension the spring before installing the cord. Remove the cord. Put the recoil assembly in a vise. Prepare the ends of the cord so they can be threaded into place. Spin the pulley in the proper direction until it is tight. Align the hole in the housing with the hole in the pulley. Thread the rope in and knot it and pull tight. Slowly let the spring tension retract the rope. Cut the rope to length, install handle, knot and test.

Gary

Posted on Aug 27, 2011

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