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Starter cord will not retract

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The most common reason for the cord refusing to rewind is a broken or worn out recoil spring. This tiny spring hooks onto the pulley and is stretched out when you pull the cord; when you let go the spring is meant to snap back to its original position.
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.

Usually this is the result of the cutting head being taken too close to objects, e.g. garden stones, paving edges, walls etc. The cutting line must be allowed to rotate freely and the correct diameter and type of line should be used.
If this cap is broken or worn out over time, it can malfunction, causing too much line to feed out when you bump it. Depending on its damage, it could be getting hung up as it tries to return, allowing the line to continuously advance. To replace it, simply remove and replace the bump cap with a new one.
The pull cord mechanism on a lawn mower isn`t complicated, and the reason your cord isn`t catching is that one of the components of the flywheel starter assembly has failed under the stress of regular use. Typically it`s either worn or broken pawls, or a damaged pulley system.
Unless your mower is already fitted with an electric starter, then the only way to start a gas lawnmower without the pull cord is to turn the crankshaft using a powerful electric drill and a suitably sized socket.

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The starter pull cord has pulled off. – Toro Lawn Mower With Toro Power Tools
ANSWER : EASY,REMOVE TOP COVER OF ENGINE THAT HOUSES ROPE ASSY. LOOK UNDERNEATH PLASTIC PIECE,CUT THE KNOT OFF THAT COMES THROUGH HOLE AND PULL AND EXISTANT ROPE OUT. OK, GET NEW ROPE AND HANDLE TOGETHER,THE END THAT IS OPPOSITE FROM NEW PULL STRING HANDLE YOU ARE GOING TO USE. CAREFULLY WIND UP ROPE HOUSING NICE AND FIRM JUST BY WINDING IT UP WITH HAND IN AS IT SITS IN TOP COVER. WHEN YOU THINK IT HAS ENOUGH TO PULL ROPE IN FEED END OF ROPE IN HOLE AND IN CHANNEL OF ROPE HOUSING,THERE IS A SMALL HOLE TO LINE IT UP WITH,WHEN SEE THE ROPE END FEED IT THROUGH THAT HOLE NOW. MAKE TAKE ANOTHER SET OF HANDS OR A WEDGE TO STOP RETRACTING OF SPRING. PULL ROPE THROUGH AND TIE A DOUBLE KNOT AT END SO IT WONT PULL THROUGH. SLOWLY LET IT PULL ROPE IN,THEN PULL ROPE BY HANDLE FULL LENGTH TO ENSURE ALL KINKS ARE OUT AND IT PULLS BACK IN LIKE IT SHOULD.

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The pull cord on my ZR29550 string trimmer is stuck in the fully retracted position. I can’t pull it to start the machine. Also the electric starter can’t turn it over.
ANSWER : Well its not going to start with electric because the cord is out of it…
just take it apart becareful do not pull the recoil out or your in a mess….
but this should help you out if you need to know more just ask…

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Starter on trimmer wont retract
ANSWER : I’m sorry to tell you this, you have to take take the hole recoil apart.either the spring is broken or the dog that holes the spring is not engaged.to fix it you have to take it apart.restring the rope,make sure the dog is catching the spring,rotate the recoil rotor to tension the spring,retie the handle and reinstall the recoil as an assembly.hope this helps,let me know if you have any questions………..

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Starter cord pulled out of the housing, it
ANSWER : If it’s new take it back should have a one year warrenty on it if yo can’t get it done for free get back to me so I can help you you may have a damaged windind head.

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Just installed a new pull cord…the cord does not retract. How do I fix the problem?
ANSWER : The best way i found is to twist counter clock wise a dozen turns,hold the spool with vise grips,feed the roop through all holes you need to go through, into the reel knot, i burn the knot, keeps it from slipping out,then slowly let the spring bring the slak in when i release the vise grips!

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Starter cord is stuck. Will not retract. What do I do
ANSWER : I spent a lot of time, but I found that most of the problems with this starter rope etc, are caused by the starter assembly being too tightly mounted to the motor assembly causing drag on the rope mechanism.
I fixed the problem by adding spacer washers between the starter and the engine mount (two small washers on each of the 5 or 6 mounting bolts adding about 1/4 inch of clearance.
Now even my wife can start this machine..

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Installing new pull cord and it wont retract, what did I do wrong?
ANSWER : You have to wind up the spring before installing the cord. Look which way the spring goes, wind it up tight, back off enough to insert the cord through the hole in the outside housing, tie a knot inside the inner pulley. Slowly let the spring recoil while allowing the cord to go in. Cut the cord to the proper length, put the end thru the handle, knot it and attach the assembly back to the mower.

Gary

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Pull cord is hanging out and will not restring
ANSWER : The recoil system is worn out (have to buy and replace it).

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