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I removed the recoil rope assembly from my Homelite to clean it - when I replace the assembly it will not rotate the engine - it pulls out about a foot and then refusal - it worked fine before

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  • rvevans4 Feb 07, 2010

    tried it and same result - thanks for trying

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You dont have it seated properly. take it back off and rotate it 90 degrees then try it again..it should work

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