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The pull start mechanism does not work. When I pull the rope, the parts that are supposed to turn the motor do not engage. What do I do?

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SOURCE: cannot get my trimmer started.

Tom, it sounds like part of the rope has jumped off of the spool. There should be a small piece of plastic with a screw holding the spool in place. It may have worked itself loose.


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SOURCE: Craftsman Model 21032: Pull start does not engage.

The plastic gear is probably stripped and will need to be replaced.

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SOURCE: My Poulan Pro 150E pull cord will not engage to

Sounds like the starter dogs are broken. They are little plastic teeth that engage to turn the engine when you pull the cord. You'll need to replace the whole starter assembly to fix this.

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Did you replace the rope? how much rope was used? and was the flywheel and rope clutch alligned properly on installation?

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SOURCE: My husqvarna 125L has an issue, when I pull the rope to turn the engine the connecting mechanism slips somewhere and the power I alpply to the pull rope does not get through to the engine. I have take

This was a pretty common issue with the E start, the problem is with the spring and the siver disc it fits into ( the spring sits into a hole in the disc, what happens is the spring has come out of the disc ) the disc and spring have been improved to give a better fitment, you need to insert an allen key into the hexagon fixing nut and unscrew it, you will need to lock the engine to undo it ( normal r/h thread ) you the need then to order and fit spring part no. 545160301 and disc 530016475

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