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I have a craftsman 5bsxs.0404ma gas grass trimmer.

The starter rope wont rewind. There is a little bit of tension on it but I cant get it rewind. Please help.

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try removing the starter housing, inside will be a large white or black wheel, visually inspect to make sure the componets are not damaged and that nothing jamming it. try using a lithium spray grease to lubricate the componets. if it still doesn't work the inner coil is probably damaged or came off track. it is very difficult to fix or replace this coil. i suggest taking to your nearest service center but if you would like to try it yourself, let me know and i will give you further instructions.

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if ti didnt retract chances are the spring is broken and will need to be replaced

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remove the starter cover and try to wind the starter rope manuly. the rope may have to be replaced if worn or broke..

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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.
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