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I have 8hp troybilt horse rototiller. when i pull the starter rope, it doesn't engage. so i took it apart and i see that the place, where there are some ball bearings that are supposed to engage and turn a large wheel to start engine, is worn. but i don't know what these parts are called to be able to look them up and i can't find any pictures of a recoil starter to help me. i want to replace the worn part.

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  • bomkampc May 10, 2009

    i want to know what the part is called so i can go to a parts store and ask for one and what it is supposed to look and function like when it is in good working order so that i know if that is indeed the problem. i am not yet to the point of wanting to remove it. i really can't even describe it very well because i don't have names for any of the parts so i was hoping to find a picture of a recoil starter but when i type that into google i don't get anything but parts dealers who want to know part names and numbers

  • bomkampc May 10, 2009

    ok thanks. i did manage to find a diagram and am starting to get an idea of what i'm dealing with



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The pully teeth that you are tallking about can easily be sprayed with WD-40 or equivellant. Than keep working it and it WILL eventually come loose. I have worked with small engines for 10 years. This should solve the problem

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    Nate Stansfield May 10, 2009

    A recoil starter mechanism (10) mounted in axial alignment with the
    flywheel (12) of an internal combustion engine has a drive plate (16)
    with clutch teeth (34) which moves axially when rotated to engage
    clutch teeth (17) on the flywheel and rotate the flywheel (12) to start
    the engine. The drive plate (16) is driven axially and rotationally by
    ramps (30) on the starter pulley (14) when the starter rope (24) is
    pulled. A brake plate (18) frictionally engaging the starter housing
    (13) has arms (37) engaging the drive plate to resist rotation of the
    drive plate (16), thereby forcing the drive plate to move axially as
    the starter pulley (14) is rotated.



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