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The recoil starter rope snapped on my MTD single stage snow thrower model 2M1. I can not get the rope to recoil after the machine has started. The rope stays pulled out. What am I missing?

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You have to wind up the pully before you install the rope.
then when you put the rope on it will wind itself back in the case

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