I have the kind in my mower and it happened to me. I was able to get all the old rope out. Then I wound it to tighten the spring, lock it in place with a screw driver, fish the new rope in tied a know in it and let it wind up. Still working fine. Takes a little patience but it can be done. Also I did take the time to lube it up good while I had it off.
Re: Pull cord broke in reply to Gary from Muleshoe, 04-11-2013 20:04:53
Thanks, Gary. That's encouraging. I can usually fix this kind of thing if I'm doing it right. Where I get into trouble is when I make a mistaken assessment of what has to be done, or when there's an important piece of information I don't know about. I'll probably do it exactly as you describe.
Re: Pull cord broke in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 04-11-2013 20:18:10
Don't know what engine you have but don't take the whole starter apart. Just take the shroud off with the recoil in it. Don't loosen the recoil bolt. If there's slots or holes on the shroud, it's not too hard to fix. Wind up the recoil and use a screw driver or a punch, through the slots in the shroud, to hold the recoil(from unwinding) while you fish a new starter rope through the shroud lining up the hole in the recoil. You may have to redo it to tighten the recoil more if the rope doesn't return fully. I fixed one of my pumps this way. The time before I had to take it to a small engine shop because I tried to fix it without knowing the proper way. I loosened the nut and had the spring pop out and I was pooched.
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