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Recoil problem! I've just changed the start cord on my mower but now it won't recoil. The inner of the coil is attached the plastic wheel although the other(outer) end of the coil appears to be free. I'm guessing this is the problem and the reason it won't recoil- each time I pull, I get more and more cord which cannot go anywhere! How do I fix this- I cannot see anywhere for it to go!

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You will probably find, that the spring inside, is not being stopped by the lug.
Usually, these do fail,..
Even when made from metal!
You will more than likely, have to replace the broken part.
Hope that helps you.

Posted on Jul 23, 2009


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