Pull cord is tangled
Unusual, but it does happen. Probably should replace cord. Obtain new cord, can be found at almost any hardware store, then remove top engine cover (cowl), usually held on by 4 bolts,two in front and two in back.If your mower has a plastic cover on top of cowl, remove it first. Remove old cord by holding wheel (looks kind of like a pulley) so that it does not spin freely once old cord is cut. Cut cord anywhere outside of the housing as close to the housing as possible. Carefully release the wheel so that it can unwind. You will see where the old cord is tied to the wheel. use needle nose pliers and grab hold of the knot and pull old cord out. Now for the fun part. You need to "rewind" the spring by turning the wheel clockwise while looking at the inside of the housing. Once you have turned the wheel to a point where you might break the spring, back off one turn to be sure you have not over wound the spring. Usually, about 5 or 6 turns of the wheel clockwise is enough, use your own judgment. The tighter you can get the spring, the better the recoil will be when you let loose the cord when starting engine. You need to line up the hole in the wheel to the hole in the cowl as close as possible. Use a screwdriver or some other small sturdy object to "lock" wheel in place for next step. There is plenty of openings through the cowl in which you can lock the wheel to keep it stationary while attaching the new cord and to keep the holes lined up as close a possible. It can be difficult to "fish" the new cord from the outside of the housing and into the holes through which you need to pull the new cord through. I have found that if you take a flame to melt the end of the cord so that it will not unravel makes it easier and if you can bear the heat, while the cord is soft from the heat, twist cord in a spiral shape. This will make "fishing" much easier.Once accomplished, tie a knot as close to the end of the cord as possible and pull line back towards the outside with a little strength to "seat" the knot. Remove screwdriver and let the tension of the spring rewind the new cord into the housing. If the spring completely unwinds then pull on the cord from the outside so the wheel turns at a minimum of on turn so there is always tension on the new cord. Route the new cord through the eye on the mower handle then install pull knob. Pull excess line through pull knob, tie knot, then cut off excess cord. Should be ready to go.
Aug 25, 2012 |
Mtd 22" Yard Machine Push Mower