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Starter pull rope will not not retract. how do i fix

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Take off pull mechanism, take out rope and recoil spring, reinstall starter rope

Posted on Jun 28, 2010

  • Joe Blow
    Joe Blow May 30, 2014

    how take off pull mechanism?

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