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Loose parts under flywheel or air cover of flywheel, loose air cover on flywheel, dirt or loose parts on recoil. Worst case sand in crankcase or bearings burned from too little oil in fuel mix.

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Putting new pull rope on my 4500 champion 4500 generator

The recoil starter can usually be unbolted from the engine for service. If you can retrieve the end of the broken rope, and you know how long the new rope should be, you can tape or stitch the new rope to the end of the old rope, then pull on the knotted end of the old rope to pull it out of the starter and draw the new one in. If this won't work (the old rope may be too rotted to hold together, or the pull force to wind the rope around in the starter is too much), you'll have to take the starter apart. This is nasty because you have to get the spring properly engaged with the frame and the starter plate when you put it back together, and there may be an element of personal hazard if there is tension on the spring. You may want to have the starter plate on the bottom when you lift off the cover, hopefully this will prevent everything from spilling out before you get a chance to see how it goes together. Wear safety glasses and leather gloves. Wearing a padded jacket or heavy-duty shop apron may also be a good idea.

Check whether the handle on the new rope requires the rope to be fed through its opening in the starter, and be sure it goes it is wound in the same direction as the original rope. Also, you want just enough tension on the spring to hold the rope handle up against the starter without flopping around, but not so much that the spring winds up too tight before you get to the stop with the rope pulled all the way out.

You may wish to take the starter unit to a small engine shop and pay them to wind on a new rope. :)

These are the considerations I've observed when looking over recoil starters - someone may have more detailed information on your model.

Finally, evaluate the storage conditions for the generator. A good rope should last a long time; perhaps excessive humidity, chemical fumes or exposure to UV radiation rotted out the rope. Did you put oil in the cylinder per the long-term storage instructions (Page 14 of the manual)? If not, that could result in excessive pull force. You may be able to free up the generator by removing the spark plug, putting a small amount of lightweight oil, turning over the generator using the starter spline shaft (be careful not to damage the shaft with tools, and observe which direction it's supposed to rotate when the recoil starter lets go), Change the oil if you have to use something lighter than recommended to get sticky parts loosened.

Here's a link for the manual (Page 14 is actually page 17 in the PDF viewer):

Jul 15, 2017 | Electrical Supplies

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Starter rope won't pull on my Craftsman rotary mower model 917.4787A.

the cable may be stuck or you may have to take the top off and rewind the rope.

Nov 05, 2016 | Garden

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Starter rope grabs at times. why?

try using the de-compression button when starting, will do the same as removing the spark plug but without removing the spark plug.

Failing that, remove the starter cover and check starter cord for daage or signs of snagging.

Feb 03, 2013 | Husqvarna , No.455 Rancher, 20" Gas -...

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You hand winde it in a CCW direction BEFORE installing the rope all the way until you feel significant resistance. (It really helps if there are 4 hands doing this). You then align the pulley knot hole with the rope guide but letting it rotate CW until it just lines up. Have that 2nd pair of hands GRASP the pulley tightly. Then pass your rope throught the rope guide and into the knot hole of the pulley. Tie 1 small tight knot and PULL hard on the rope to seat the knot in the hole. Let go of the pulley and the rope will spring wind into the starter recoil assembly. Sounds easy.. but can be quite tedious.

See this link for pictures.
(Ryobi) but the concept is the same.
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Jul 20, 2011 | Garden

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Stihl 026 Chainsaw starter rope is "stiff". When pulling the starter rope, it gets harder to pull at a couple of different places in the rope's path. Then, sometimes it doesn't go all the way...

Sounds like the little wheel that the rope is wound on is dry. Maybe a little rusty. Open it up and squirt a little oil on all the moving parts and see what happens. I have repaired lawn mower engines by doing that.

Oct 01, 2017 | Garden

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My Poulan 14" chain saw has become difficult to

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Jan 09, 2011 | Poulan 14" Chainsaw

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Broken starter cord on briggs and stratton quantum 40 roughly 1994 how to repair

Remove the recoil. Sometimes depending up on model this required complete air shroud removal. Remove the parts of the old rope. Remove the rope fro the rope handle. NOTE the knot in the handle. Brun both ends of the nylon rope with a match and pinch the burned end into as small of circumference as possible. Install new rope into the starter handle and tie the knot. Pull the new rope into the handle until it seats securely.

Prewind the recoil pulley as far as you can easily wind it. Back it off (unwind) just until the rope guide and pulley knot hole are aligned. Then either c-clamp it in place with the rope knot hole aligned with the rope guide hole or have a 2nd person hold it the pretensioned spring and pulley in position. Thread the rope through the rope guide and on into the pulley knot hole. (takes some effort to get it aligned and through the knot hole!) Pull the new rope through the knot hole and tie 1 knot. Pull starter rope and fit knot into pulley knot hole. Release pulley C-clamp or have helper let go of pulley. Rope should rewind into the recoil.

Reinstall recoil / air shroud. Happy mowing!
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Nov 20, 2010 | Briggs & Stratton Garden

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I would like to replace the chord that pulls the mantis tiller to start it. I want to know how to reassemble the starting unit.

Since you can remove the starter by removing four screws, I would suggest that you take it to a dealer for repair. As long as the pulley or the spring is not damaged, the repair is very simple and most likely they can do it while you wait. If you are a good customer or if you purchased the unit from them they will likely charge you about $10 and they might even let you watch so you will know what to do next time.

In the future for this and any other engine with a recoil starter, you should make sure you are pulling the rope at the proper angle so that it is not rubbing the exit grommet on the starter too severely. If you see that round guide wearing a groove in it, you are not pulling the rope correctly. If ropes are failing too frequently, then there might be a rough or sharp edge that needs to be corrected. Another benefit of letting an experience dealer look at the problem.

To prolong the life of the rope, start with a quality nylon rope. Occasionally extend the rope the full length and rub the rope with a candle or a block of paraffin. This will reduce the friction anywhere the rope rubs. And finally if your machine is taking more than 5 pulls to start, this is the time to have it checked and tuned up.

Sep 13, 2009 | Mantis 2-Cycle Tiller

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Pull cord broke on my lawn boy mower,new cord won't retract??

I don't know exactly what you have there, but starters in general work pretty much the same. What you have to do with any starter when you replace the rope is to first wind up the spring with the pulley. Turn the pulley in the direction it would be turning if you were pulling the rope. When it's wound tight, back off to align the rope hole in the cover and the pulley. Stick the rope from the outside through the cover and pulley and tie a knot. Then let the spring tension pull the rope into the starter. Hope that helps. Dwain

Jul 16, 2009 | Garden

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