Briggs & Stratton

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There is a tightly wound spring in there and my guess is that it is broken. It is very difficult to replace / rewind and you have not stated the model of your engine. Many times you can just replace the whole top cover with the recoil spring and rope intact. I suggest you visit your local back yard power equipment guy (like myself) and see if he has one laying around or can repair it for you. Unless you’re a “mower guy / gal” this is not a repair you want to perform yourself; unless you can just remove the top cover and replace it (most Briggs engines have the recoil unit riveted to the top cover; on Tecumseh’s you can just unbolt the recoil unit and replace it; check yours and see). Hope this helps and best of luck to you.James

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Recoil start

When the rope`s grip is pulled, the rope uncoils, tensions the spring, engages the clutch and turns the crankshaft, spinning it to crank or start the engine before the end of the pull stroke. The running of the engine then disengages the clutch.

Yes no problem. You need to make sure the box spins the flywheel in the correct direction or you will break the pull start string/handle right off.
The problem may be in the recoil starter itself. A tangled coil of rope or a broken spring may be the problem. In many cases the recoil starter is easily replaced as a single assembly. DO NOT attempt do take the starter apart.
The problem may be in the recoil starter itself. A tangled coil of rope or a broken spring may be the problem. In many cases the recoil starter is easily replaced as a single assembly. DO NOT attempt do take the starter apart.

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The lawnmower won t start after pulling the start up cord . changed the spark plug it still won t start
ANSWER : Try a touch of starting fluid right into the carburator by taking the air filter off. If it then starts but wont run or stay running, the reservoir below the carb should be removed to clean at and the pinhole in the intake tube above the bowl nut. This is the most common problem with lawnmower start problems, the pinhole can be unplugged with one wire from a wire brush. Be careful with the gas, at least pinch off the gas hose with a vise grips while removing the carb bowl.. Never use a droplight around gasoline.

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I have a toro self propelled 6 hp lawnmower battery and pull start it wont start with battery but will with pull cord
ANSWER : Try to start it using jumper cables to boost it from another battery. If it starts, your battery needs replacing.

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Why is small engine pull cord stuck? cannnot start lawnmower
ANSWER : The recoil starter is broken and needs to be repaired.

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Pull cord is difficult to pull after third pull becomes stuck but will turn if pull hard repeats every three to four pulls.
ANSWER : No response to clarification request.

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Ride on lawnmower lr35 just clicking and wont start
ANSWER : Check battery and starter cables for tightness and corrosion. also battery voltage.

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This is only the second time I have used my Toro lawnmower and it won’t start. I have pulled and pulled, can’t find a primer button, checked the gas and oil (everything is fine) but it still won’t work.
ANSWER : Only the second use?? Take it back where you bought it and ask them to demonstrate for you.

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Why my blade wont engage on my toro 74370 zeroturn mower
ANSWER : It has an electromagnetic clutch switch on it,that is more than likely bad. Try this,pull the pto switch out and start the engine,then disconnect the 2 wires coming from the switch and just tap them together and see if they will come on. If they do then you need to replace that switch.

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The pull cord will not retract back into the saw. When I tried to start the saw, I pulled the cord and now it did not retract back. It is all the way out and will not recoil.
ANSWER : Could be that the recoil spring has either snapped or is not located properly, either way you need to take off the recoil housing and remove the starter pulley to see

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