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Try giving a few light tuggs and hopefully the spring will recoil itself. If not, you probably spung the spring and you will need to take apart the recoil assembly to get it working again. BE CAREFUL, springs have a tendancy to just 'jump' out and completely uncoil themselves and then you will have a headache for sure. Also, try reaching under the deck (hopefully the motor isn't running :P ) and turn it counter clockwise while someome one tugs at the rope. Many times it will engage itself and rewind just fine. Let me know what happens

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