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Featherlite/Mightylite 26ss pull cord will not retract after 2-3 pulls. Had apart 4 times to reset spring but will not stay fixed. Does the pull cord spool and spring spin with the motor? Thinking of pinning them together. Good or bad idea?

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They don't spin with the engine, however pinning them together isn't your fix. The spring has to be fixed at both ends, sounds like one end or the other is comming out of its keeper. Check if the ends are broken

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