Monday, May 9, 2011

How To: Fix a Recoil Rope Starter on Lawn Equipment

This How To will take you step-by-step through what to do if the recoil starter rope has broken and needs to be replaced on your power lawn equipment.

Step One: Prepare to work on the equipment and be safe by first disconnecting the spark plug wire from the spark plug. This will prevent accidental startups while you are working on the engine.
Make sure safety systems are in place. If you are working on a ride-on unit, make sure the brake is set and the battery is disconnected.

Step Two: Remove the starter housing or blower housing. The starter itself will have at least three fastening points. It will vary in shape depending on the machine. It is not recommended to remove any rivets if you come across them. Most housings with rivets are part of a larger housing that needs to be removed.

Step Three: Remove the leftover starter rope and inspect the starter spring. Once it is off of the machine, you can remove any old rope and test the spring by spinning or charging the spring as if the rope was being pulled out. As long as tension builds up in the spring, you are ready to put a new rope in. If the spring does not build tension you will need to install a new starter spring.

Step Four: Charge the spring and install the rope. Charge the spring as mentioned above by rotating it as if the rope was being pulled. Once tight, back the spring off one turn and put the rope into the starter through the housing and into the pulley. Tie a knot on either end ot the rope and then slowly let the rope into the starter (make sure the grip is between the two knots).

Step Five: Reinstall the starter housing on the machine and test.

Arco Lawn Equipment provides how-to articles, advice, and all information on this website for informational purposes only, and cannot be held liable for damage to self or equipment incurred. Please read your owner's manual, follow all safety instructions, wear proper safety apparel, and never allow children or pets to play in or around lawn equipment. Consult a professional small engine technician if you are unsure about any of the steps involved in power equipment maintenance, use, or repair. 

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