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Cannot pull the pull rope. Feels like motor is froze but when I pull the pull rope cover off the pull rope pulls freely and I can turn the fly wheel by hand easily. Put everthing back togeather it will not pull.

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PISTON COULD BE SEIZED DUE TO LOW OR NO OIL MIXTURE,ALSO IT COULD HAVE FUEL IN THE CHAMBER,FIRST REMOVE SPARK PLUG--NOW TRY TO PULL IT--HINT,STICK A SMALL SCREWDRIVER IN THE HOLE AND SEE IF THE PISTON RAISES AND LOWERS,,IF IT WILL RAISE/LOWER BY MANUALLY TURNING THE CRANKSHAFT,THEN THE PROBLEM IS IN YOUR INNER PULL ROPE ASSY.(THERE ARE DOG EARS INSIDE THAT SPIN OUT AND GRAB THE FLYWHEEL WHEN IT TURNS)

Posted on Sep 08, 2009

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