Question about Mtd Products Yard Machines 158CC Tiller
This is a MTD Yard Machine Model 21A-422B129 1998 . Went to crank and pulled the handle off in my hand and the cord went into the inside.
Pull spark plug then pull cord see if fluid comrs out.if so check oil level,if over full see if it smells like gas if so you have a bad float in carb or dirt stuck in needle and seat in carb if all is good could have sheered flywheel key or if over head valve engine(has valve cover) valves may need to be adj or compression release mechanism in side engine broke. todays engines have very high compression and will not turn over without release. hupe this helpl
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Remove the old rope and get matching cord, make sure you get the correct diameter, usually 3/16 or 1/4 inch, and type, I believe it should be nylon braided. Do not cut the new cord.
Use a match to light the end of the cord and once it ignites, use an old rag to pull and form the end into a point.
Notice which way the pulley in the starter assembly rotates and hand spin it in that direction until it is fairly tight. Once it is tight, rotate it into a position such that you can push the pointed end of the cord from the outside into the hole in the housing of the starter and directly into the hole on the inner pulley. Tie a tight knot in the end of the rope inside the pulley.
Remove the clamp and let the rope get rewound on the pulley. Cut the cord, point this end and run it into the handle and knot it.
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