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Question by  ellzee (25)

Why will my lawn mower cord not retract when trying to start the engine?

I need to start my lawn mower but the cord is not retracting.


Answer by  LuckyDog (57)

The most likely cause is a broken recoil spring. This spring is located under the cover of the mower starting cord. Replacement are available at small engine repair shops.


Answer by  Aaron12 (70)

It could be that the coil inside that is supposed to draw back the string is worn out or broken. After many years of pulling the coil becomes loose and can not pull the cord back inside.


Answer by  DesertRat (699)

The cord wraps around a spindle which is connected to a spring. Pulling the cord winds the spring, which pulls the cord back when it unwinds. Your spring is broken.


Answer by  Brandon84 (37)

Most likely the recoil spring has been damaged where the cord goes into the engine. Also check to make sure the cord is not binding external to the engine.

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