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I need to replace the pull starter cord on my self propelled Sears lawn mower with a Briggs & Straton engine. After removing the plastic cover the next cover is riveted on. How to proceed. How to I replace this housing if I drill out the rivets? Thank you.

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There will be bolts that hold the housing that have the rivet in. Remove the bolts and remove that housing. Make sure you have the right amount of cord and the proper size rope. You WILL NOT have to remove the rivets. Remove any rope that is still in the recoil pulley. Now you will have to have a small screwdriver or some thing that will be used to hold the pulley from unwinding. Now you have to turn the pulley counter clock wise. You want good tension. Put the screwdriver through the fins in the pulley so it won't unwind. Make sure you line up the hole in the pulley with the hole in the shroud. Put rope through and tie a knot. Tie the handle on and then remove the screwdriver and slowly let the rope back in. Try pulling a few times to make sure you have enough tension. When enough reassemble the shrouds and give it a pull.

Good luck

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