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When try to pull on the rope to start the mower is will not move. It feels like it is stuck. But I can move the blade around. Thank you

I have a Craftsman 6.75 Lawn mower and when I pull to start it, it will not move. I can move the blade around. Could someone help me Thanks

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I thing the recoil spring is stuck it may be rusty. Its time for a complete maintenance on this mower. But you could try tapping the top of the recoil where the rope coils up into. Bang it a few times as you pull on the rope. this may free it up. Good luck DFD

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