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Starter recoil spring attachment. It clips into the cover at one end but I cannot see how it attaches to the hub of the pulling wheel

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An IPL for a Oct 2004 455 can be found here:
http://weborder.husqvarna.com/order_static/doc/usa/2004/I04000/I0401113.pdf
There as a starter detail page but it may not answer your question.

I bend the inner portion of the recoil spring until the center hub can engage the retaining device located on the inner end. The inner end of the spring passes through the hub and a small ring retainer and spring tension keeps it in place. You will need about 2 revolutions against the spring for the recoil to operate properly. HTH
Lou

Posted on Oct 07, 2009

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    Take the starter cover off of the engine. Turn the starter cover over to work on the pull starter. Pull the rope out about 6 to 8 inches.

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    Leave about 6 to 8 inches of rope unwound. Form another loop at the end and insert the loop into the notch on the pulley. Rotate the loop back and forth until you notice the tension is set on the recoil spring.

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