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I have the housing off and I am trying to figure out how to get to the spool housing so I can fix a broken pull rope, what tools, directions etc. And diagram or picture if possible. Thanks ek

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Remove the tube that holds the flex-drive shaft from the front of the motor cover.Remove the rear engine cover. Remove the throttle cable from the carburetor. Mark and unplug any wires for the on/off switch that go to the ignition coil (underneath front cover) if possible. Now if you have pulled the driveshaft tube out of the way, the clutch drum is up next. Inside it, screwed into the very end of the engine's crankshaft is a Torx #25 screw. A skinny-bladed scredriver may also fit it. Before you loosen it, you will have to lock up the engine. To do so, remove the spark plug. Pull on the starter until the piston is down, then insert a length of clean, soft rope into the engine. The engine will come up and compress the rope, thus locking it in place to allow clutch drum and clutch removal. Loosen the T-25 screw inside the drum.. It probably won't come completely out...it is made this way. Next, remove the clutch. It is screwed onto a small threaded section of the crankshaft Removal is counterclockwise.. It will be pretty tight. To help, apply peneterating oil. Whack the ears of the clutch near the center with a dull flat-blade chisel and hammer unless there are bolts. then use wrench. It will turn counterclockwise for removal and there will probably be a removal direction arrow on it's face. After getting that off, remove the Torx screws holding the cover to the engine. The starter unit should be mounted inside as it mates with the bottom of the flywheel to start the motor. Remember to preload tension (5-7 turns) on the starter unit before installing the rope. Make sure the handle is installed. Jam the unit with a screwdriver or vise grips or something to keep it from retracting so you can insert and tie off the new rope. Then remove jam device and let recoil pull your new rope into place while holding the pull start handle. Reassemble and you are done. Disassembly requires Torx head drivers T-20 and T-25. Here is a link for pictures to help.
http://www.ereplacementparts.com/article/1771/How_to_Remove_a_Trimmer_Clutch.html

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