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in the recoil section of the motor ( where you pull the cord) there is a small tang that flips out as you start to pull and locks into the top of the pulley
if pulling the cord is not engaging the motor , it is most likely that the tang is broken or stuck in the returned position
may just need a bit of wd-40 or the like or if a new part , any mower repair or honda spares will have the part
recoil clutch fingers are broken or stuck. Take the recoil cover off and look at it while pulling the cord to see if the fingers arent coming out. If the fingers are still coming out then you have worn out grooves on starter cone where fingers engage to turn the motor. If the recoil is damaged a new one can be purchased as a unit from Troy Bilt online for a reasonable price.
Most of the recoil starters have ball bearings in them, and the centrifugal force that you apply pushes the balls out where they engage pawls and allow the flywheel to be rotated. Since your's is on a snowblower, you may just be stuck, or moisture could be in the mechanism, freezing the ball bearings in place. The quickest thing to try: Rap the recoil mechanism in the middle of the top, with a rubber hammer. You want to jolt it, without denting it. Try to pull the cord and see if it engages. You can repeat this several times, but try not to dent it. If the machine is outside, and you believe that the mechanism may have frozen, you can apply heat to it with a hair dryer, and then rap and try. Try these out and repost if the problem persists. Best regards, W/D
remove the cover and check to see if any of the plastic or nylon parts in the rewind mechanism are cracked or broken or if there is dirt in the re-wind pawls...clean and lightly oil, should work if not broken.
I had the same problem - the power cord for my Hoover Elite Upright (U5507900) was stuck a few inches out and wouldn't go any further. But when I unscrewed the rewinding mechanism, the cord had clearly gotten twisted and partly buried under itself so after some work I was able to free it. Now it seems to be working fine, at least for the moment. Note that I had to use small screwdrivers to unscrew the cord rewinding compartment, like the kind of screwdrivers you use for computer repair. HTH!