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How to fix my echo gt200r gas trimmer I was trimming with it and it got hook on a vine. Then when I engaged the throttle it spun for a second and then stopped, tried a couple more times and it did the same thing. Now it wont spin i thought it might be the gear shaft but im not sure if that is the problem I took off the gear housing assembly but i dont know how to get it apart to see the gear shaft

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Bill pretty much snswered it...more info if needed good luck.
If the trimmer head doesn't turn, the first place to look for problems is around the head itself. It may be restricted by stringy plant stems and roots -- they may be wound so tightly that you have to cut them off with a knife. It's also possible that the engine isn't developing enough power to spin the head. This could be because either the air filter or the spark arrestor is blocked. Both parts are easy to replace. To access the air filter, unscrew the louvered cover from the intake port. The spark arrestor is just behind the plate that covers the muffler -- you can just pull it out.
Drive Shaft Malfunctions
The drive shaft on straight- and all curved-shaft Weed Eater trimmers is a flexible rod that connects the motor to the trimmer head. This flexible rod can break, and when that happens, the only option is to replace it. A centrifugal clutch connects the drive shaft to the motor. This clutch remains retracted while the motor is idling, but when the engine speeds up, centrifugal force moves it down the engine crankshaft until it engages with the driveshaft. The clutch can stick in the idle position, which usually is the result of dirt buildup and wear in the engine housing.

Separating the Trimmer
To service either the drive shaft or clutch, you must separate the trimmer shaft from the motor housing. It's important to disable the trimmer by removing the spark plug wire from the plug before you begin this procedure, which isn't difficult. The trimmer shaft is connected to the engine housing by two bolts. After unscrewing them with a wrench, pull the shaft away from the trimmer housing. Expose the clutch by removing the screws holding the clutch housing to the engine, and if you need to remove the clutch, unscrew the screws holding it to the flywheel.
Service the Drive Shaft and Clutch
You may need needle-nose pliers to extract the drive shaft from the shaft housing. It's covered with plastic, so even if the wound metal part has broken it will come out as one piece. Consult the Weed Eater website, an online repair service or a local outlet for the proper replacement for your model. If the clutch is stuck, it's possible to clean and lubricate it, but if it has any broken or bent parts, it must be replaced. Reassembly of the clutch and drive shaft assembly is the reverse of disassembly.

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Remove the head from the shaft( tube) and remove the broken drive cable
get and fit new cable and then reattach the head to the shaft ( tube )
the gears in the head are fairly robust but the drive is a cable which twists up and pulls out of the drive squares at either end

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SOURCE: Owners Manual for Echo GT200R straight Shaft Gas Trimmer

Maybe go to Echo's website and check with them.

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