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If both ends of the spring are still attached, then turn the spool CCW (remove the cord first) until it is fairly wound, but still be able to turn 5 or 6 turns more to allow for the movement required when starting. The spring must not bind-up during starting. Wedge the spool so that it can't unwind again, and fix the cord to the spool inner attachment (melt the cord end before tying the overhand knot). Thread the cord CCW until the spool is nearly full, then feed it out of the cord port and slide the handle on. Melt the end and tie an overhand knot to retain the pull handle. Release the spool wedge and try the cord action--it should come out about 3' or so without binding and return smoothly. Remount the entire assembly and make sure the engine is being properly turned. Hope this helps!

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