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I need to remove cover for starter rope on model 917.388740 what tool do i use to remove hex screws

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This mower is supost to have a briggs engine on it , it has a plastic top cover that envelops the entire top of engine , most times these covers are held down with TORX screws , a five sided pointed screw these usually are available in sets

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SOURCE: starter rope broke

Unless you know how or have the patience of Jobe save yourself a lot of grief and take it in to a lawnmower repair guy.

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SOURCE: replacing starter rope on Briggs engine 133702, type 017002

On some models of mowers...depending on the maker of the mower, the rewind housing is bolted onto the engine cover with 3 screws. On the rest they are riveted and the only way to get to the crank rope is from underneath the housing...but, they do make refits for the mowers where you can replace the rivets with bolts

Posted on Apr 19, 2009

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SOURCE: Troy-bilt pull rope torx screw: Is there a trick

There is no trick, you would just use a torx screw driver. If your spring isn't broken don't do this. If your rope is broken you can fix easily. Replace old rope with new rope of equal size, place rope into spring wheel and turn counter clock wise holding the spring wheel. place other end of rope thru hole in shroud, remember to hold tight you have a lot of tension there. Pull rope thru enough to tie a knot, replace your pull handle , untie the knot and you should be fine. GOOD LUCK.

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How do you get drive shaft apart to get to starter rope?


Hi Donna:
Most of the pull start assemblies are attached so that their centre is directly over the centre of the driveshaft. There will be several bolts that connect the assemby to the engine, and when they are removed, the pull start assembly can be lifted off.
If you turn it over and look at the underside, the cover for the spring and rope will be attached, possibly with pop rivets, or it may be held in place by a centre bolt.
Patience and caution will be your friends as you determine how to dis-mantle it.
If the spring is broken, see if you can get some tips from the service people where you buy the replacement.

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How do I replace recoil spring on generator


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.

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Pull cord will not rewind


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    Turn the Homelite chainsaw so that the bar and chain are laying flat and the starter cover is facing up. Loosen the four starter cover screws by unscrewing them counterclockwise with the screwdriver.

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    Take the starter cover off of the engine. Turn the starter cover over to work on the pull starter. Pull the rope out about 6 to 8 inches.

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    Twist a loop into the end of the rope. Insert the intersection of the two ropes into the notch on the upper flange of the pulley. Rotate the loop back and forth until you notice the recoil spring has disengaged. Unwind the rope from the pulley. Cut off any old rope if you need to replace it with a new rope.

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    Unscrew the screw holding the pulley to the starter cover using the screwdriver. Take the pulley off the starter cover. Turn the pulley over and remove the recoil spring cassette from inside the pulley.

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    Inspect the spring inside the cassette to see if it is damaged or overstretched. Replace the recoil spring cassette if it is broken. Lubricate the post on the starter cover using about a dime-sized amount of engine grease.

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    Put the recoil spring cassette back into the pulley. Set the pulley onto the starter cover and tighten the screw down with the screwdriver. Wind the starter rope back around the pulley in a clockwise direction.

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    Leave about 6 to 8 inches of rope unwound. Form another loop at the end and insert the loop into the notch on the pulley. Rotate the loop back and forth until you notice the tension is set on the recoil spring.

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    Remove the loop and place the starter cover back over the engine. Pull the rope out 6 inches and tighten the starter cover's screws using the screwdriver. Release the rope and it should automatically retract


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    How do you get the starter rope to rewind after pulling to start my 25 cc poulin pro trimmer? How do you access the recoil spring?


    The starter rope normally rewinds automatically when the recoil unit is functioning properly. If the pull rope has stayed out, disassembly will be required. Here are instructions for that problem. The recoil spring can break and is replaceable, but the nylon hub in the starter recoil unit is usually the problem or the rope has broken and jammed inside.
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