How to Replace a Mower's Power Cord

Written by christina wheeler
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How to Replace a Mower's Power Cord
The elements can damage the starter cord of a mower. (mower image by Tomasz Wojnarowicz from

A push mower requires some effort when starting. The power cord takes a beating during the mowing season, making it susceptible to damage and breakage. The elements and the very effort needed to start the mower provide ample opportunities for the cord to break. Replacing the cord at home is much more efficient and economical than purchasing a new mower or taking it into the shop for the repair, and you can find the cord at any local home improvement store.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Utility knife
  • Electric tape
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Remove the sparkplug wire from the sparkplug to prevent the mower from accidentally starting.

  2. 2

    Unscrew the starter housing from the top of the mower. Remove the gas tank if it is blocking the screws to the starter housing.

  3. 3

    Remove the old starter cord from the starter pulley, located inside the starter housing. Pull the old cord away from the pulley and discard. Cut a 10-foot section of new cord with a utility knife.

  4. 4

    Thread the end of the new cord into the pulley and tie a knot in the end to secure it to the pulley. Wrap electric tape around the end of the cord to cover the frayed ends.

  5. 5

    Wrap the cord around the starter housing two times. Pull the end of the cord through the notch in the starter housing. Re-attach the starter housing to the mower, screwing the removed screws into place with a screwdriver.

  6. 6

    Pull the cord up the length of the mower handle until there is a loose tension on the cord. Push the cord into the plastic guides. Thread the end of the cord into the T-Handle. Squeeze the staple shut onto the cord at the desired height of the cord. Cut the excess cord with the utility knife and discard.

  7. 7

    Re-attach the sparkplug wire to the plug.

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