There are still a few things you can do to start your mower if the pull cord breaks. Learn how to start your mower if the pull cord breaks with help from an outdoor power equipment specialist in this free video clip.
Hi, my name is Bill Parker, and today I'm going to show you how to start your lawn mower if your pull cord breaks on you. You know, there's really no way to start your lawn mower without the pull cord. So, the only thing we can do is to repair the pull cord assembly and put it on the rope. Okay, first thing we're going to do is remove the outer cover. A lot of them are made of plastic; in this case, it's made of metal. I've already removed my flier break-in screws. Remove the dip stick and slide the cover off. Set it aside. You'll notice that I'm just using a few basic tools out of a socket set. I've removed my retain screw to hold the throttle cable in and I've removed my dip stick and retaining bolts down. We're going to remove the housing and that's gives us access to replace the rope. Now, I want to put in a new rope; first thing we want to do is we want to rack, wind it counterclockwise. Always wind it counterclockwise. Rewind it all the way 'till it gets to the end. And then we come back and you'll see there's a little hole in here that we're going to bring our rope through and lock it, lock it in. So, I'll put my new rope through it. Okay. So, I've round my spray, my spring all the way counterclockwise, that's going the opposite direction. Round it all the way tight and then brought it back so the hole lines up with the outer hole where the rope comes out. I'm going to take my rope, put it in the hole and thread it out the other side. Once I've pulled it out, I want to get it all the way to the end and just tie a simple overhand knot. Pull it tight, retract the rope. Now, I'm ready for reassembly. We're going to thread the hole to the rope, somewhere, some handles are right on the engine; some of them wrap on the handle. In this case, it's up here. So, I'm going to thread it through the hole and thread it into the handle so I have something to pull on; a little little bit so it's tight. And again, I'm just going to tie an overhand knot. There we go and I'll snip off the extra. And that's it. It's just a matter of reassembly, put the bolts back in. Make sure the cover goes on, the dip stick is, is okay and you've just saved yourself a tone of money. And that's how you start a lawn mower when your pull cord breaks.
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