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How do you replace the starter rope on the briggs engines?

Does one need special tools or can one accomplish this with ordinary shop tools?

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  • rgdavis May 03, 2009

    I have not tried the solution, but seems reasonable -- will try it when the next rope breaks. THANKS!!

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SOURCE: replace starter on my 20 hp briggs

check that battery is installed properly,i once got a bad batterie that was wired reverse.and the starter ran in reverse.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010

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SOURCE: installed new starter rope on

The spring must be tightened when installing the cord:
Notice which way the pulley in the starter assembly rotates and hand spin it in that direction until it is fairly tight. Once it is tight, rotate it into a position such that you can push the pointed end of the cord from the outside into the hole in the housing of the starter and directly into the hole on the inner pulley. Tie a tight knot in the end of the rope inside the pulley.
Remove the clamp and let the rope get rewound on the pulley. Cut the cord, point this end and run it into the handle and knot it.

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SOURCE: My 26 year old Briggs & Stratton 8 hp engine (on a

Did you remember to "wind" the cord when you replaced it. They normally have a spring type of set up that you have to wind before you bolt everything together.

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