How to Replace a Stihl Starter Rope

Updated July 20, 2017

Stihl makes many power tools for use around your shop and garage. However, Stihl also makes a number of gardening tools, like trimmers and chainsaws. The garden tools have two-cycle engines that are started with a standard pull-string type of starter system. Occasionally the pull rope can break or get jammed. If this happens, you may have to replace the entire starter rope assembly, which takes approximately 30 minutes.

Remove your Stihl's spark plug wire from the spark plug.

Cut your Stihl's old starter rope just below the rubber, T-shaped handle. Root the old piece of rope from inside the handle out with your screwdriver.

Remove your Stihl's crankcase cover by removing the four retaining screws with your Torx wrench.

Slide and remove the rotor from your Stihl's starter post. Remove the old string and then slide the new string through the centre of the rotor. Secure it with a knot.

Replace the rotor and begin to hand-wind the new starter rope until you begin to feel some resistance.

Slide the free end of the starter rope back through the hole in the crankcase cover as you lower it back down into place. Slip this end of the rope through the rubber handle, and then tie a knot on that end.

Replace your Stihl's crankcase cover Torx screws and the spark plug wire.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Torx wrench
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