A friend's chainsaw starter cord stopped retracting. He took the winder cover off and apart. He brought me the housing, the rope pulley, and the recoil spring. He doesn't think he lost anything, but isn't sure. I've repacked the coil into the winder cover, but can't find where the small loop at the inner end of the spring is supposed to engage in the starter cord pulley piece. Is there another piece missing?
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the rope rotor will go on first, then the washer goes on, put the dogs in then put the spring on. insert the rope into the rotor, wind it up, feed the rope through the starter cover, carefully allow the rotor to wind in the rope a ways then put the handle on.
Turn the Homelite chainsaw so that the bar and chain are laying flat and the starter cover is facing up. Loosen the four starter cover screws by unscrewing them counterclockwise with the screwdriver.
Take the starter cover off of the engine. Turn the starter cover over to work on the pull starter. Pull the rope out about 6 to 8 inches.
Twist a loop into the end of the rope. Insert the intersection of the two ropes into the notch on the upper flange of the pulley. Rotate the loop back and forth until you notice the recoil spring has disengaged. Unwind the rope from the pulley. Cut off any old rope if you need to replace it with a new rope.
Unscrew the screw holding the pulley to the starter cover using the screwdriver. Take the pulley off the starter cover. Turn the pulley over and remove the recoil spring cassette from inside the pulley.
Inspect the spring inside the cassette to see if it is damaged or overstretched. Replace the recoil spring cassette if it is broken. Lubricate the post on the starter cover using about a dime-sized amount of engine grease.
Put the recoil spring cassette back into the pulley. Set the pulley onto the starter cover and tighten the screw down with the screwdriver. Wind the starter rope back around the pulley in a clockwise direction.
Leave about 6 to 8 inches of rope unwound. Form another loop at the end and insert the loop into the notch on the pulley. Rotate the loop back and forth until you notice the tension is set on the recoil spring.
Remove the loop and place the starter cover back over the engine. Pull the rope out 6 inches and tighten the starter cover's screws using the screwdriver. Release the rope and it should automatically retract
Many of these small saws have what is reffered to as an e start, the section that engages to the flywhell is seperate to the rope pulley, and is joined via a round coil spring, the idea is to soften out the compression and help to spin the engine over when cranking, one end of the spring fits into the outer flyheel engagment pinion, the other ends fits into a hole in the starter cord pulley, it does not fit into the main recoil spring, the securing screw for the assembly is a shoulder screw the idea is not to pinch the rewind mechanism when tightened, as this only screws into plastic it is very easy to over tighted and make the pulley post swell and stop the pulley rotating on the shaft, you may now need to leave the screw just a little slacker, the black plate under the starter is a conductor plate, this helps blow the cold air from the flywheel over the cylinder, this plate should always be there. When assembling the starter on the saw, keep pulling the rope as the cover goes on, this will ensure the pinion engages properly with the flywheel pawls.
There should be a hole in the pulley that holds the starter rope in the starter/recoil unit. If you have taken the machine apart to that point, yes, there is only one way to reassemble it.
You will have to wind the starter recoil without the rope installed on itabout 5-6 complete revolutions to "pre-load" tension on the spring-steel starter spring, then lock the pulley in place, insert the pull rope and tie it off so it can come back out and then release the pulley, letting it draw in the new starter cord. Make sure you have the handle installed so it will stop when it gets to the body of the engine cover.
When I have had this happen it means that you need to manually rewind the cord and put some additional tension on the take up pulley. To do this you'll have to open the saw up and untie the handle. Turn the pulley like one turn, put the rope back through the hole and tie the handle back on. All this is done while maintaining tension on the rope.
remove the cover and the screw holding the recoil down, turning the pulley ccw should release the spring then wind rope around pulley and (hopefully yours has the slot in it) wind in the direction of the pulley teeth then, holding rope in slot put back on spring and wind cw till almost tight, and install screw. Usually you can do this without taking rope handle off. sometimes you have to remove handle. look at spring end in the middle and make sure its not broke as long as you have it apart. Its a easy fix. Thanks for using fixya
Your spring is probably broken. You just need enough tools to take off the cover. One end of the spring fits over a peg or mount in the casing and the other end on the sprocket. One end or the other is probably broken. Both ends need to be attacked and then you set the sprocket or pulley back into the casing. Before you do, you spool most of your rope back onto the sprocket or pulley. Somewhere on the pulley you will see and indentation so that you can set it back into the case but the rope remains on the top of the pulley. You keep the rope outside so that you can then wind up and tention the spring. The number of turns you need to wind up the pulley depends on how much rope you have that isn't on the pulley. It should take about 4 or 5 turns of the pulley then you stop the indentation on the pulley where the rope enters the case then pull on the rope handle as you feed the rope out the indentation. ONce all the rope is back outside the case or on the pulley, you can let the pulley go and the spring should have enough tention to wind it all up again.
Most of the rancher models are easy to look at. Take the four screws off that hold the starter cover on.When off have a look to see if the pulley is ok or one of the starter dogs(pawls) is jamed . If dogs ok take the screw out of the centre of pulley and remove it ,check for spring tension. if there is just be carful to leave sring in housing. look at spring if broken or out of shape renew it and rope.check for cracks in pulley. When renewing spring and rope get correct rope length and diameter. don't over tension new spring. hop this helps