The rope stays pulled out. What am I missing?
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You have to wind up the pully before you install the rope.then when you put the rope on it will wind itself back in the case

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Recoil starters generally include a pull cord wrapped about a pulley, the pulley being rotated by pulling on the pull cord. The rotational energy generated from the pull cord and pulley is transferred to the drive shaft of the engine through a ratchet and/or clutch mechanism.
To make pulling the cord easier, shift the lawnmower height up to start the machine, then lower it back down to your desired grass height to begin cutting.
The Rate (weight) Of Your Spring

The rate (weight) of your recoil spring greatly affects the “kickback” you get out of your firearm when it is shot. Take a semi-automatic hand gun, for example. If you have a recoil spring with a lower rate, your gun will rise and lift a lot more than if you use a heavier recoil spring.

Engine starter pull cords are typically made of nylon fiber. Nylon pull cords sometimes do not provide enough impetus to start the engine on the first pull, or even on subsequent tries. These nylon starter cords wear out and break, rendering the engine and hence the tool or vehicle inoperable.
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.
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.
Remove the old lawnmower pull cord from the handle, feed through the new cord and tie a simple knot. Make sure the knot is nice and tight. Pull it back through the handle to help tighten the knot.

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The recoil starter rope snapped on my MTD single stage snow thrower model 2M1. I can not get the rope to recoil after the machine has started. The rope stays pulled out. What am I missing?
ANSWER : You have to wind up the pully before you install the rope.then when you put the rope on it will wind itself back in the case

I have an MTD Snow Thrower Model 2M1 with a broken starter rope. I replaced the rope but cannot get it to rewind the rope after I pull it. What am I missing when I reinstall the rope and spool?
ANSWER : When you have the starter top removed, you must wind the spring BEFORE installing the rope. Wind the pulley until it is at maximum tension, then unwind it until the hole in the pulley lines up with the eyelet on the starter top. Now, put the rope thru the eyelet and into the pulley hole. It is helpful to have somebody holding the tension on the pulley, or you can insert a small tool thru the vent holes to hold the pulley in place. Use a figure 8 knot on the rope. Go ahead and tie the handle onto the other end of the rope, and release the pulley tension. It should now recoil into the starter housing. Test pull the rope several times to make sure it is moving freely. Reinstall the starter housing onto the engine and retest.
Good luck!

Having trouble keeping the 5.5 yard machine snow thrower on. Gas is full. start for moment and then shuts off.
ANSWER : Either the pickup tube is pluged or the gasket for the fuel pump needs to be replaced.it’s under the little cover on the side with 3-4 screws.

Will not start – Yard Machines 24" 208cc Two Stage Snow Thrower
ANSWER : If there is an adjusting screw on the carb turn it out a little bit at a time and see if that works before you do anything else. If that don’t work put the screw back where you started.
If that doesn’t work take the plug out and install a new one and while the plug is out put a table spoon of gas in the spark plug hole and reinstall the plug and put the plug wire back on. If the engine starts but stalls after the little bit of gas is used up. Take the bowl off the carb and clean it out as well as clean the fuel jet that is in the bolt that holds the bowl on. Put back together and see if that works. It is quite often dirty gas that is the problem. Especially if its been sitting. Oh yes put fresh gas in it as well.

Recoil pull starter not recoiling, can it be rewound?
ANSWER : Just replace recoil unit it comes in one piece with new cord easy to change

My edger tipped over briefly, now the starter cord is hard to pull and it won’t start.
ANSWER : Try removing the spark
plug and squirting some carb cleaner or starting fluid in the
cylinder. Pull the starter cord several times for the piston to drive
out the oil. Clean the plug and replace it. Try to start as normal.
If you have starting fluid squirt a shot in the air cleaner to help
make it easier to start the first time.

MTD Yard Machine CD000147 6HP 21 inch ..The problem is “Cannot pull the starter string for start. The string or engine stuck to pull the starter. We didn’t use it for the whole winter.
ANSWER : The operator presence bail must be in the run position to release the flywheel brake. If you can’t pull the rope with the bail in the run position, your rope is fouled. You will have to remove the shroud and take it to a repair shop.

Replace the starter rope – Toro Power Clear 221QE Electric Start 21 2-Cycle Snow Blower
ANSWER : You have to remove the recoil from the engine. you will see where the previous rope was tied off. remove old rope and turn spring assembly until tight then back off 1 complete turn. after tying your rope, put through the passages until it comes out the housing hole pull rope all the way through and tug on it to make sure that your knot stays. holding the rope let it recoil in slowly. pull on rope a few times to make sure action is smooth. install handle and adjust rope to proper length