How to Replace the Pull Cord on Your Leaf Blower

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How to Replace the Pull Cord on Your Leaf Blower
Replace the starter cord instead of buying a new leaf blower. (blower image by Horticulture from

A leaf blower's starter cord is wrapped around a pulley system and attached to the starter. When the cord is pulled, it triggers the starter and turns the blower on. It is not uncommon for the cord to start fraying after a few years of use. Instead of buying a new leaf blower, it is possible to just replace the cord. You can use any type of thin, heavy-duty cord available at a hardware store.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Oil
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Remove the three screws on the side of the starter cover, using a screwdriver. Separate the starter cover from the leaf blower.

  2. 2

    Pull out the spring clip from the motor. Take off the washer and the pawl, the piece next to the centre pole that was holding the spring clip in place.

  3. 3

    Pry the cap off the top of the "T" handle, using the screwdriver. Remove the cord from the "T" handle and from the pulley.

  4. 4

    Measure the new cord against the length of the old cord. Cut the new cord the same length as the old cord. Tie a knot in one end of the new cord. Thread it through the end of the "T" handle. Push the cap back in place.

  5. 5

    Thread the other end of the new cord through the hole on the top of the pulley. Tie a knot in the end so it stays in place. Apply a bit of oil on the pulley so that it rotates smoothly. Pull the cord all the way out.

  6. 6

    Push the pawl back in place. Slide the washer back onto the centre post. Spread the spring clip far enough open with pliers to slide it back onto the pawl and centre post.

  7. 7

    Replace the starter cover and tighten the three screws. Give the starter cord a little tug. This should trigger the spring clip and the cord should get wrapped around the pulley.

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