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Lawn Mower is almost new, this my second season of use. Starter pull cord was always difficult to pull. On my last attempt to start the engine the pull cord broke cleanly, almost as if it had been cut. Need instructions on replacing the pull cord.

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  • clifflay723 Mar 22, 2011

    Many thanks. My mower is Honda HRR216VXA. The Recoil Assembly is completely concealed. I was hoping that someone would have an exploded assembly drawing showing which parts must be removed, and in what sequence, in order to access the Recoil Assembly. Otherwise, your info is helpful, and I thank you.

  • clifflay723 Mar 22, 2011

    I need to replace the the starter pull cord on the Honda HRR216VXA lawn mower. I need info on which parts must be removed, and the proper sequence, to gain access to the Recoil Assembly.

  • clifflay723 Mar 22, 2011

    You've supplied the info I was looking for.
    Thank you!



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Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly
Since you did not include an Engine model number my response is going to be generic.

- Remove the Recoil Assembly. If it is riveted on remove the sir shroud with the recoil.
- Remove the old rope from the pulley
- Remove the old starter handle assembly
- Make sure that the new rope is the same length as the old rope. Piece it together and cut the new rope to length if necessary
- Burn the ends of the rope with a match and make the ends of the rope as small as the existing rope bu wetting your fingers and pinching the new rope ends while very hot.
- Install the new starter handle by tying a single knot in the end of the rope then pull the rope HARD into the handle until it seats properly.
- Pre-wind the pulley and spring until they just stop from winding it up. The wind direction with be in the rotation direction that the pulley would travel if you pulled the rope. DO NOT wind it backwards as you will damage the spring!
- Align the hole where the old rope know was with the recoil rope guide of the head of the recoil assembly. CLAMP the pulley in place so that it will not unwind or have a 2md person hole the pulley in place aligned with the rope guide.
- Thread the new rope with the installed handle through the rope guide and into the knot hole.
- Pull the rope up though the knot hole and tie a single knot.
- Pull the rope OUTWARD until the single knot is FULLY seated in the knot hole.
- Release the pulley clamp or have the person holding it let go of the pulley.
- Test the recoil by pulling the starting handle several times to make sure it retracts without restriction.
- Install the recoil / and or air shroud

Task Complete.

Thanks for choosing FixYa,

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    Kelly Mar 22, 2011

    Unbolt the 4 bolts on the top of the engine thare mount the recoil to the top of the engine. It comes off in on piece and there are no other bolts to remove. Then follow the steps in my first post.

    Here is a video that will demonstrate how to do the rope change:

    The video is for a Honda Generator but the recoil removal and rope replacement are exactly the same. Let me know if you do not understand this. Since this is a Honda recoil it is the easiest one of all to install a new rope into the recoil. You do not have to use the clamps or a 2nd person to pre-wind / tension the pulley and spring. You can just wind it with the new rope installed as shown half way through the video.


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    Kelly Mar 22, 2011

    See this video:

    Remove the 4 mounting bolts for the recoil. You do not need the clamps or 2nd person in mentioned in my very first post. You can tension the recoil after the installation of the new rope.


  • Kelly
    Kelly Mar 22, 2011

    The part number for your recoil assembly is:

    28400-Z0L-V20ZB ($15.30) NEW!

    and can be found here in the bottom 1/3 of the page:


  • Kelly
    Kelly Mar 23, 2011

    Just doing a follow up. Since there were 2 solutions provided which one was helpful?
    Thank you for your input.



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