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How to get the starter rope housing off?

The starter rope pulled out of the housing--?? the knot on the end came undone. It appears the housing is fastened with rivet-type devices. How does one get the housing off. Tecumseh model OHH50 on an EX-CELL pressure washer

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  • dvarda May 23, 2009

    How hard is it to get the housing off? I see two bolts fastening the housing to the frame-----what else needs to be disassembled to get the housing off? It looks like the throttle linkage needs to come apart. I have no experience repairing small engines and don't want to get myself in too deep, since I borrowed this from a co-worker.



    Darryl

  • dvarda May 23, 2009

    Appreciate the prompt response

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Hi,

There is no easier way. The entire housing mustcome off. The rope hole is in the backside of the pulley and you cannotaccess it without taking the housing off. I do know of people that drill out the rivets in the housing, but end up pulling the housing anyway so that they can get a nut on the backside to secure the bolt.I have also repaired several that people have tried to use self tappingsheet metal screws in. Do not try it since the force that is located atthese holes will cause the bolts to pull out and you will have to pullthe housing anyway. This may not seem like an easy repair to have toremove the entire housing, but it is the only way to do it correctly.
Thanks.

Posted on May 23, 2009

  • taran_2005
    taran_2005 May 23, 2009

    Hi,

    If you are a first time user, i would advise you to call a tech. A small mistake can lead to many problems.

    However, let me also inform you that if you want to take off the housing, coz it's not starting, it might be a carb issue,Try to start it while squirting fuel or starting fluid into the carb
    intake. If it starts and you can keep it running by adding fuel, then
    the carb most likely has dirt, debris or gummed fuel inside.

    You will need to remove the carb, disassemble it, clean all the small
    internal openings and blow it out with compressed air. Probe each and
    every hole with a small wire. A carb rebuild kit wouldn't hurt
    either.



    Thanks,



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