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MTD Yard Machines starter cable replacement

I have reinstalled my new starter cable. I get no tension or spring from the housing that you thread the cable into and I can't get the mower to start. I have taken the housing off 4 times and rewound the new starter cable but each time it acts like there is no tension. The cable may be too long but I hate to cut it and be wrong. This is my first lawn mower repair and I am at my whits end. I know it must be something simple but I have not instructions to help me with trouble shooting.

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  • Lori McKibbin Jul 15, 2009

    Sorry, but the advise you gave me did not work. It appears the spring inside the housing is broken or has failed someway. Guess I buy more parts. Thanks for your help.

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I don't know exactly what you have there, but starters in general work pretty much the same. What you have to do with any starter when you replace the rope is to first wind the spring with the pulley. Turn the pulley in the direction it would be turning if you were pulling the rope. When it's wound tight, back off to align the rope hole in the cover and the pulley. Stick the rope through from the outside through the cover and pulley and tie a knot. Then let the spring tension pull the rope into the starter. Hope that helps. Dwain

Posted on Jul 13, 2009

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