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Pp4620avx chain saw. Starter rope keeps coming out. The screw that holds the rope inside the recoil won't tighten. I suspect that the plastic that it screws into has stripped threads. Maybe some glue that would bond the metal screw to the plastic would hold the screw. Should the end of the rope be knotted? That may keep it from slipping under the screw. Thanks

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SOURCE: recoil spring on homelite chain saw doesn't retract pull rope

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If you place the chain saw on a work bench with the bar and chain pointing at you. We will call the side with the chain and bar the left and the side where you gas and oil the saw the right side. Now on the right side just behind the oil filler cap is the starter rope and assembly . There are four screws that holds this assembly to the saw. Remove these 4 screws while carefully watching and lifting this assembly from the saw. turn the assembly over and if you can see and grab the old starter rope . Grasp it and pull out on the rope a few times so you can see how it works, play with it a bit, so that when you replace the old rope with a new you will be familiar with the action.You can find starter rope at local chain saw or hardware stores, estimate the length you will need. Re-thread the new rope in opposite direction that you saw the old rope function being careful to duplicate the knot at the end of the rope which will be inside the assembly, threaded in as you saw the old one come out. So look carefully. Play with it a bit. Familiarize yourself with how the two holes line up and thread through the spool and the knot is tied. Now make sure the end of the rope coming out of the assembly has the recoil action. Tie on the handle being sure to take only enough re-coil that there is no slack in the rope and handle end. Replace the assembly and check the action. Have fun! Alvin

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    Turn the Homelite chainsaw so that the bar and chain are laying flat and the starter cover is facing up. Loosen the four starter cover screws by unscrewing them counterclockwise with the screwdriver.

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    Take the starter cover off of the engine. Turn the starter cover over to work on the pull starter. Pull the rope out about 6 to 8 inches.

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    Twist a loop into the end of the rope. Insert the intersection of the two ropes into the notch on the upper flange of the pulley. Rotate the loop back and forth until you notice the recoil spring has disengaged. Unwind the rope from the pulley. Cut off any old rope if you need to replace it with a new rope.

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    Unscrew the screw holding the pulley to the starter cover using the screwdriver. Take the pulley off the starter cover. Turn the pulley over and remove the recoil spring cassette from inside the pulley.

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    Inspect the spring inside the cassette to see if it is damaged or overstretched. Replace the recoil spring cassette if it is broken. Lubricate the post on the starter cover using about a dime-sized amount of engine grease.

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    Put the recoil spring cassette back into the pulley. Set the pulley onto the starter cover and tighten the screw down with the screwdriver. Wind the starter rope back around the pulley in a clockwise direction.

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    Leave about 6 to 8 inches of rope unwound. Form another loop at the end and insert the loop into the notch on the pulley. Rotate the loop back and forth until you notice the tension is set on the recoil spring.

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    Remove the loop and place the starter cover back over the engine. Pull the rope out 6 inches and tighten the starter cover's screws using the screwdriver. Release the rope and it should automatically retract


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