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Replacing the Starter Cord

On the Housing which holds the spring-loaded starter pulley.....
I need to know the size of the screw

(it is unfamiliar to me...and I do not seem to have a tool for it)

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Not being certain of the brand and HP they are usualy 5/16" on the type that requires removing the entire cover, on models that allow only the recoil to be removed they use Torx screws these days, they look like a star in the socket. The tools that fit in them is called Torx head too.

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Replace starter cord


Undo the screws holding the housing of the starter cord & remove the whole thing.
Before continuing it may be wise to take a picture of the pulley & how its held on so you can put it together correctly.
Inside you should see a removable clip attached to a moving nylon peg thing, remove this, then a washer, then remove the round plastic pulley that holds the cord.
Remove the old cord.
Thread one end of the new cord (ensure it's the same thickness) from the outside of the pulley through the hole so it comes out in the middle as it was before.
Tie a knot in it, trim off any eccess cord & pull it back through, tucking the knot neatly into the place where the knot goes.
Wrap the cord 3 or 4 times round the pulley & thread the loose end through the hole in the housing.
Put the pulley back in the housing as it came off & replace the washer, peg & clip.
Pull the cord to make sure it springs back ok.
***Now pull the chord right out & slowly let the spring pull it back in. Now thread your pull handle on right up to the housing, put a knot in it a bit further than this point so the spring holds the handle tight to the housing and its not dangling loose.DONT CUT THE ECCESS OFF YET
Ensure youre happy with the length of cord when its pulled out
If its too short, undo the knot, leave the pulley in place, use a thin screwdriver to pull the cord into the housing to wrap it round the pulley one more time (theres normally a notch cut out of the pulley to get the cord round between the pulley & housing)
Now repeat from ***
Now screw the housing back in place.
It's easier to do than write!!!!

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My wiper sniper pull cord is broken, how do u change the pull cord?


Hi vanzedo, I will try to help you out. Because you don't specify the brand and model I will try to give you the Weed Eater brand that is manufactured by Poulan because it is the best known in my area and I hope it is well known in your area, but it is pretty well the same procedure for other brands.
To disassemble starter, detach starter housing from engine. Remove rope handle and allow rope to wind into starter. Unscrew pulley retainer or pulley retainer screw and remove rope pulley. Wear appropriate safety eye wear and gloves before detaching rewind spring from housing as spring may uncoil uncontrolled. Try to prevent spring from unwinding if possible, I use a flat piece of metal stiff enough not to bend, about 1" wide or less and try to put it between the spring and pulley, if I have the room to do it and prevent spring from uncoiling as it is quite a job to put it back in. (good luck with that one).
To assemble starter, lubricate center post of housing and spring side with light grease. Install rewind spring so coil windings are counterclockwise from outer end. Install proper size and length of rope. Assemble starter while passing rope through housing rope outlet and attach rope handle to rope. To place tension on starter rope, pull rope out of housing. Engage rope in notch on pulley and turn pulley counterclockwise to place tension on rewind spring. Hold pulley and disengage rope from pulley notch. Release pulley and allow rope to wind on pulley. Check starter operation. Rope handle should be held against housing by spring tension, but it must be possible to rotate pulley at least an additional 1/4 turn when rope is pulled out fully.
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How to change the pull cord?


Hi b calm,
I will try to help you out. Because you don't specify the brand and model I will try to give you the Weed Eater brand that is manufactured by Poulan because it is the best known in my area and I hope it is well known in your area, but it is pretty well the same procedure for other brands.
To disassemble starter, detach starter housing from engine. Remove rope handle and allow rope to wind into starter. Unscrew pulley retainer or pulley retainer screw and remove rope pulley. Wear appropriate safety eyewear and gloves before detaching rewind spring from housing as spring may uncoil uncontrolled. Try to prevent spring from unwinding if possible, I use a flat piece of metal stiff enough not to bend, about 1" wide or less and try to put it between the spring and pulley, if I have the room to do it and prevent spring from uncoiling as it is quite a job to put it back in. (good luck with that one).
To assemble starter, lubricate center post of housing and spring side with light grease. Install rewind spring so coil windings are counterclockwise from outer end. Install proper size and length of rope. Assemble starter while passing rope through housing rope outlet and attach rope handle to rope. To place tension on starter rope, pull rope out of housing. Engage rope in notch on pulley and turn pulley counterclockwise to place tension on rewind spring. Hold pulley and disengage rope from pulley notch. Release pulley and allow rope to wind on pulley. Check starter operation . Rope handle should be held against housing by spring tension, but it must be possible to rotate pulley at least an additional 1/4 turn when rope is pulled out fully.
I hope this is helpful to even if a little bit. Regards and good luck.

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First of all the fan housing needs to be removed. No need to remove handle from cord. Just undo screws from fan housing and remove the whole assembly. Inside you will see the pulley. Different models have different set ups but they are all basically the same. A screw should be holding a hub that is holding the pulley. Some models have a ring that holds the pulley onto the fan housing. Before you remove the pulley you need to unwind the spring to be safe. Otherwise it will spring out on you. To do this pull about 6" - 12" of the cord out. There should be a slot in the pulley that you can push the cord into. Hold the pulley and fish the cord into this slot on the pulley. This way you can unwind the spring. Once the load is off the spring you can remove the pulley. Remove the starter cord retaining screw and remove cord. Replace cord on new pulley with retaining screw. Sit the cord into the slot mention previously on the side of the pulley. Line up the slot on the spring side of the pulley and push the pulley down onto the spring. Some pulleys have tight tolernaces and you will have to tighten the spring by turning the pulley before it will seat. Once you can seat the pulley re-install the retainer. Keep the cord in the slot on the side of the pulley and turn it making sure you are tightening spring. When you think you have enough tension on the spring undo the cord from the pulley and see how it works. If it there is still too much slack repeat the process of putting the cord in the pulley slot and tightening a little more. After you have the correct tension on the pulley you can replace the fan housing onto the saw. As you are putting it back on pull the cord slightly to line up the starter with the fan.

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What I do is the following:

Remove the old rope ( what is left of it)

Wind the starter rope pulley about 8 or 9 complete revolutions after I am confident that the spring has engaged the starter pulley

Hold the pulley in place ( align the rope hole in the pulley with hole in the starter housing

Insert the rope and tie a knot, pull the rope back tight against the pulley

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A new spring can be found here:
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http://www.ordertree.com/modelinfo/POULAN-WEED-EATER/75.59.html

A new spring comes wound tight enough to be dropped into place in the starter housing (Easiest).

I invert and secure the housing and rewind the spring large coil to small (need eye protection, both hands and no women around work area!). I'm right handed so i tension the spring enough to insert it inside the previous coil while holding what has already been installed with my left about 180° from my right hand. The tension will hold the spring in the housing once completely inserted. Then bend slightly the inner most part to engage the starter spool when inserted. It will require about 2 turns of pretension to retract properly.
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Please, Do Not Hesitate, If you Hit a Snag or this Does Not Correct the Problem, I am Here if You Require More Assistance.
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Respectfully

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