What should I do about a lawn mower cord that pulls loosely?
Can you help me troubleshoot a 2000 Craftsman, 6. 75 HP, 21" Multi-Cut Power Propelled Rotary Lawn Mower which has developed an oil leak and a pretty good one to boot?
Can you help me troubleshoot my lawn mower engine?
How do I fix a lawn mower that won't start?
How to troubleshoot an oil seal leak in a lawn mower engine?
What steps are taken to troubleshoot lawn mowers that won't start?
I need to start my lawn mower but the cord is not retracting.
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.
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.
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.
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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