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I had to replace the rope on my Mantis and cant figure out how to get the spring back in , Help ??

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This can be a difficult job for the inexperienced. It can also be potentially dangerous if the spring pops out while you are trying to install it. My advice. Take it to a small engine repair shop and save yourself the headache. Cost should not exceed $20.00.

Posted on May 24, 2011

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First, call Mantis and get their advice. It may be covered under warranty (I believe it comes with a 2 year warranty). If not under warranty remove the spark plug and try to pull the starter rope. If you can pull it out squirt a little 2-cycle oil in to the spark plug hole and pull it out several times before reinstalling the plug. Then try to start it again. If you can't pull it out after removing the plug try removing the engine cowl that contains the starter rope and see if you can pull it out then. If you can't then there is something wrong with the starter rope mechanism. Try some oil or Liquid Wrench on the spring to see if you can free it up. If you can then the piston may be seized. Again, squirt a little oil ni the spark plug hole. Take a ratchet wrench and socket to put on the crankshaft nut. Try to turn it. Do not apply to much force. I would send it back to Mantis for repair or replacement unless you are mechanically proficient enought to take the engine apart. If you have been using the correct fuel/oil mixture this should not happen.

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The recoil spring has to be pre-loaded about 5 turns, even when the rope is fully returned. When you pull out the rope, you increase this tension, but if you are starting from zero, there won't be enough spring tension to fully recoil the rope. Wind the rope on the spool, then rotate the spool about 5 turns in the direction that would "push" the rope out through the hole. Now put the rope through the hole and put the handle on it. If you got the tension right, it should be sufficient to easily hold the handle up against the hole.

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Since you can remove the starter by removing four screws, I would suggest that you take it to a dealer for repair. As long as the pulley or the spring is not damaged, the repair is very simple and most likely they can do it while you wait. If you are a good customer or if you purchased the unit from them they will likely charge you about $10 and they might even let you watch so you will know what to do next time.

In the future for this and any other engine with a recoil starter, you should make sure you are pulling the rope at the proper angle so that it is not rubbing the exit grommet on the starter too severely. If you see that round guide wearing a groove in it, you are not pulling the rope correctly. If ropes are failing too frequently, then there might be a rough or sharp edge that needs to be corrected. Another benefit of letting an experience dealer look at the problem.


To prolong the life of the rope, start with a quality nylon rope. Occasionally extend the rope the full length and rub the rope with a candle or a block of paraffin. This will reduce the friction anywhere the rope rubs. And finally if your machine is taking more than 5 pulls to start, this is the time to have it checked and tuned up.

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This usually happens at the most inopportune time. You go out mow the lawn, pull the rope and it comes out in your hand. Here's how to fix it yourself.
First, we'll talk about a simple rope replacement. In most cases you will have to remove the blower housing from the engine to get to the underside of the rewind starter where the rope is. We'll assume at this point that the spring is ok and you can just wind it back up again. You can check the spring by turning on the hub in a counter-clockwise direction and see if the spring gains tension. Do not try to remove the spring from its holder or you may end up having to take the mower in for service.
1. Remove the rope from around the hub. Since there is no tension, it should come right out. If you are lucky and it broke near one end, you can probably just re-use it. If it is badly frayed or too short, you will need to find a replacement at a local hardware store.
2. Attach the handle or tie a knot in one end of the rope so it will not wind all the way into the hub. You also may want to burn the rope ends to keep them from fraying and causing a problem in the future. Set the rope aside where you can grab it once you wind up the spring.
3. Wind the hub in a counter-clockwise direction using your thumb to keep it from unwinding, until the spring is tight. Then let it come back slightly so the rope hole in the starter housing lines up with the rope hole in the hub.
4. Stick the rope through both holes while holding the hub from unwinding. This is tricky because you don't want the hub to unwind on you before you have the rope secured in it. A pair of needle nose pliers or a small screwdriver or pick may help get the rope through.
5. Tie a half hitch knot in the rope after you have it through both holes. While holding the rope, release your hold on the hub and let the rope slowly pull itself back into the starter.
6. Put the blower housing back on and your ready to start the engine & mow.
Kurt

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