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Recently, the rope recoil mechanism on my lawnboy mower would not recoil completely or not at all. I removed the complete recoil assembly and the rope in order to rewind the coil, which appeared to be functioning properly. I rewound the coil without any problem but rewound one turn too much and suddenly lost all spring tension. Now, I cannot get the coil to rewind at all. I cannot inspect the coil spring as the coil spring housing is riveted. Is this problem fixable or must the entire recoil assembly be replaced? Thanks.

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Im sorry but it sounds like the spring has broken. So I am not that familiar with Lawnboy but some rewinder are not serviceable and the whole housing has to be replaced .

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2) Locate the string that is left and the hole it is threaded thru
3) Determine how much string has broken off of the rope that came out
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4) Obtained a length of rope appropriate for your engine, it is always better to have too much rope.
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- Remove the broken rope assembly from the spool by lifting the knot out of the hole and cut off the knot.
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- Take the remainder of rope out of the pull handle

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