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Return spring keeps on letting loose and doesn't work

I replaced the starter rope now the return spring woks once then it doesn't return thr rope til I take it apart. I have done this numerus times. What Am I doing wrong, I have a Mccollough (sp) ****** Thanks cvmolen

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Spring is broken. Sometimes hard to see. Hopefully is is at the end or close where the spring hooks to the housing. All you will have to do in that case is bend the spring and place back in slot. If broken in the middle, you will have to replace spring. Spring may be hard to find but you may find one on ebay or one of the saw forum sites. Just type McCulloch + the model no in google.

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