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Starter rope won't retract

I had to replace the starter rope on my craftsman 22" 6.25 hp. I have had no trouble with the rope rewinding before it broke. Now I can't get it to rewind. I did not have the spring housing open because I can't figure out how so I don't know if the spring is broken. What else can I do?
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You have to wind the spring as tight as you can before you put the rope on. Then allow the spring to unwind, pulling the rope onto the spool. Be very careful when you take it apart. Good luck...Lee

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Testimonial: "I guess the spring must be broken because no matter which direction I try to rewind it there is a click after one revolution and it doesn't pull the rope in at all."

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The spring has either come loose from the spool or either has broken. At any rate, you have to take the spool out.

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