Pull start cord got pinched. Dumb me took off pull starter and took it apart. Big spring came uncoiled. Now I can't get it back in. Also can't seem to find a part number for the pull starter. Any way to put the spring back in? Model is MTD 26J.
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Re: Pull start cord got pinched. Dumb me took off
Yes you can put the spring back in but it takes patience. Wind the spring inside the pully first. Then install the cord on the outside of the pully. Make sure you wind both in correct direction. You probably should replace the cord while you have it apart. The parts would be listed by the engine brand and model number, not by MTD. Probably a Briggs & Stratton engine? You can go to their web site :www.briggsandstratton.com to get part numbers. Or you can try a place like www.jackssmallengines.com
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I recently had a similar problem with an old briggs 3hp engine. In my case the starter clutch was not engaging properly. I then removed the starter rope/clutch mechanism, cleaned it, and rewound the spring. This job is not too difficult but requires a little research if you haven't done it before. It was my first time so I watched several youtube videos (separate videos for the clutch and the starter rope). A few important details on winding the spring were described in the user manual for the Briggs starter rope replacement kit (about $10, including the winding tool). Good luck!
If you don't know how you will need a manual, it is kind of tricky.
Remove the rope. Feed the spring from the outside of the housing and connect to the recoil housing. Turn the wheel using a 3/4 " rachet extension and the spring will feed ito the housing until the end of the spring connects to the ouside of the housing. Keep turning until the spring is tight, back off about 1/2 turn and feed the rope from the outside, be carful here, if the extecsion comes out the spring will uncoil and you get to start off all over again.
Sounds like you have a bearing failure, eithe big end or crank shaft bearing. When they go they quite often knacker the piston and cylinder too as it can put them off square. Remove cylinder and the problem will be easy to locate as you can see the big/small end bearings and check for cylinder damage. Often the cost of repair far outweighs the value of the equipment.
Hi vanzedo, I will try to help you out. Because you don't specify the brand and model I will try to give you the Weed Eater brand that is manufactured by Poulan because it is the best known in my area and I hope it is well known in your area, but it is pretty well the same procedure for other brands. To disassemble starter, detach starter housing from engine. Remove rope handle and allow rope to wind into starter. Unscrew pulley retainer or pulley retainer screw and remove rope pulley. Wear appropriate safety eye wear and gloves before detaching rewind spring from housing as spring may uncoil uncontrolled. Try to prevent spring from unwinding if possible, I use a flat piece of metal stiff enough not to bend, about 1" wide or less and try to put it between the spring and pulley, if I have the room to do it and prevent spring from uncoiling as it is quite a job to put it back in. (good luck with that one). To assemble starter, lubricate center post of housing and spring side with light grease. Install rewind spring so coil windings are counterclockwise from outer end. Install proper size and length of rope. Assemble starter while passing rope through housing rope outlet and attach rope handle to rope. To place tension on starter rope, pull rope out of housing. Engage rope in notch on pulley and turn pulley counterclockwise to place tension on rewind spring. Hold pulley and disengage rope from pulley notch. Release pulley and allow rope to wind on pulley. Check starter operation. Rope handle should be held against housing by spring tension, but it must be possible to rotate pulley at least an additional 1/4 turn when rope is pulled out fully. I hope this is helpful to you even if a little bit. Regards and good luck. Denis.
I'm afraid you put yourself in a corner. You need to take your chain saw to a repair facility. Make sure to gather all the parts to go with. I know how to install a coil spring, but it's something you have to be shown in person how to do it. It can be pretty tricky. You could be hurt by the spring uncoiling by accident.
Incidentally, I doubt if the coil was the original problem. Why do you think that is the problem? Jim Hart
sounds like the spring is broken itself.there should be a hook at one end and a loop at the other end.the hook usualy breaks off but the spring looks good.replace the spring with part number..4140 190 0600 ....that is the stihl part number.let me know if this helped you...if not give me a quick mail and i'll try to help some more......