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Starter rope too hard to pull on Yard Machine By MTD

I have already replaced the spark plug and air filter for firing. It takes all my effort to pull this rope. Also primed 3 to 5 x before pulling the rope and still doesn't start?

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    My dad has got a mountfield manor 5 rotavator and the pull cord has snapped and i was wondering if i could just get a length of strong rope from b&q to replace it could you please advise

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Not sure if this will help. Don't want to sound like a **** but....Have you made sure nothing is caught or jammed inside it. This could make it hard to start with the cord..

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Blocked fuel line Clean fuel line spacer.gif spacer.gif
Faulty spark plug Replace, clean, or adjust gap spacer.gif spacer.gif
Engine flooded Wait to restart, do not prime spacer.gif spacer.gif
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