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Depending the manufacture of the engine the actual replacement varies. You basically need to first remove recoil starter cover assembly. In the center in most recoil rope pulleys will be screw(bolt) that need to be removed. Pay close attention the assembly order or the parts; take picture if necessary. Once you things a part and old spring is removed. Be careful even broken springs can go flying and cause injuries. Carefully put the new spring in the correct direction. Re-assemble the rope pulley unit. To put tension on the spring you wind the pulley in the same direction as it would if you was pulling the rope out. Wind until it stops then unwind up to one turn depending where the rope enters the pulley and install the starter rope. After the starter rope is installed slow let the pulley take up rope slack. Then you re-install the starter cover assembly on the engine.
Note on some engine other components needs removing just to the starter cover off. I know of some Briggs engine that this is true as the carburetors has to come off first.
It's not hard to do.
You can buy replacement ropes online, but first check that it is actually the rope (or molded plastic fittings at either end) that are broken. I went to replace mine and found that it was the spring that was snapped... another $10 gone!
Take the top off of the machine off if you have it (2 screws at back). Then take the sides off. The springs and ropes are immediately obvious. Hopefully one side is still good so that you can see where to attach the rope ends to, and where the rope goes around a pulley at the bottom. If not, go to Jordan's manuals online and download the manual. The picture isn't very clear, but it's better than nothing if both sides or yours have snapped.
if rope to long then pull out recoil one turn hold rope tight pull knot out of handle down rope rope to were you are holding it tie a knot in rope slowly let rope go back in recoil then pull it all the way out should fit now cut off excess rope but also if you have a long rope it is suppose to mount on handle should be a mount hook for on the handle
First assemble the following: Pliers, large vice grips, 'c' clamp or a bench mounted vise and new rope. Remove therecoil housing from top of engine. Turn it over, find the end of the broken rope and on pull it until it is fully extended but do not remove yet. While holding the rope extended place clamp device on the rope housing clamping the spool and housing. Be careful not to put too much pressure on the housing, just enough to hold the two pieces. Carefully remove old rope and thread the new rope through the small hole in the housing and into the slot in the pulley. Tie that end of rope into a knot to prevent rope from coming out. While holding other end of rope, carefully remove the clamp from the housing and slowly let the rope rewind into the housing. Replace rope housing onto top of motor. HOW TO Replace Broken Lawnmower Pull Cord
Normally these small engines use a clock spring to retract the rope.
Remove the cover on the top and you should find the spring either broken or the tab where the spring end has broken off or jumped out of the mount.
You will need to pre-load the spring with enough tension to retract the rope.
Remove the pull handle from the rope, load the spring and then wrap the rope around the pully holding the pully and spring in the loaded position. place the end of the rope through the hole and tie up the handle. The rope should pull and retract without being installed on the engine.
Best explained here... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmo6oYOJJ4U
Remove nuts mounting recoil assembly. Observe how rope is wound around pulley. Find end knot in pulley wheel. Cutoff end knot and remove old rope. Find end knot in handle, use needle nose pliers pull thru old rope. Rope is sold by the foot at mower repair shops. Replace rope as observed before removal. Cut to size after wrapping recoil assembly and attaching thru handle at proper length if at recoil assembly or on mower handle. Ensure good knot in hole of recoil assembly and handle.
Since the impeller is mounted on the crankshaft and the crankshaft is part of the engine...you're going to have to hold the engine still while you remove it. Do this by removing the engine's spark plug...turning the engine to where the piston is down near bottom of cylynder and stick a length of clean, soft rope or cord in the cylinder. Then, when you try to take the impeller off, the piston will compress the rope into the head (not hurting anything) locking up the engine and allowing you to do the removal.
There should be a mount inside the casing and another one on the starter rope socket. Wind all but a foot or so of your pull rope onto the sprocket then mount the spring on the mount in the casing. Don't worry about winding the spring yet. After that attack the spring to the sprocket. There should be a notch cut in the edge of the sprocket. Lay the rope in the notch and then place the spocket back into the case. With the rope in the notch you can then start winding up the spring taking the twists out of the rope as you do it. Depending on the length of your rope you'll probably need 5 or 6 turns of the sprocket. Once you get it wound then position the notch where the pull rope exits the housing. Grap the rope handle and pull the excess rope until it is all in the sprocket or outside the case and no longer in the notch. There might be some retainers for the sprocket. I"m not that familiar with Poulan. Secure these if there are some and put the housing back onto the saw and you should be good to go.