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Starter on trimmer wont retract

Homelite Mighty Lite trimmer. Went to start it and when I pulled the started handle, it stayed out and the started cord did not recoil. Can I take off the cover to loosen tension to let it recoil? Any help would be great. Thanks!

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I'm sorry to tell you this, you have to take take the hole recoil apart.either the spring is broken or the dog that holes the spring is not engaged.to fix it you have to take it apart.restring the rope,make sure the dog is catching the spring,rotate the recoil rotor to tension the spring,retie the handle and reinstall the recoil as an assembly.hope this helps,let me know if you have any questions...........

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