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Replacing the Starter Rope

How is the starter rope replaced on my lawnmower's engine?

This is a relatively simple process, but you have to be VERY careful when doing this. The spring is long, under some tension, and has sharp edges. Anytime you are dealing with the manual rewind starter assembly, there is risk of the spring coming out and possibly injuring yourself or others. If you do not feel comfortable performing this repair, please consult one of our many Authorized Service Dealers in your area and have them perform this repair for you.

You will need to remove the gas tank to properly gain access to the rewind and blower housing. Next, remove the entire blower housing and rewind assembly and turn it upside down.

NOTE:You do not have to drill out the rivets to get to the back of the rewind assembly. This is only necessary if you are removing the ENTIRE rewind assembly (metal housing and all), and need to separate it from the blower housing.

You'll need a pair of vise-grips or a screw driver, some rewind rope, a long thin sharply- tipped flexible object (the wire from a coat hanger may work) and a lighter.

  1. Take the pulley and begin to to turn it until the rope becomes loose.

  2. Remove the rope.

  3. Once the pulley is all the way out, at the point of most tension, either use the screwdriver between the spokes of the pulley, or use the vise-grips to hold the pulley in place; be careful not to place too much pressure on the vise-grips as the plastic pulley may break!

  4. Make sure that the hole in the pulley lines up with the hole on the rewind assembly.

  5. Using the wire from the coat hanger, push the rope through both the holes of the rewind and pulley. Pull the rope through the pulley and tie it off. Now use the lighter to burn the end of the rope to prevent the knot from coming off.

  6. Now, remove the screwdriver or vise-grips while holding on to the pulley.

  7. SLOWLY loosen your grip on the pulley and the rope should feed back into the pulley as you do this.

Again, if you are unsure how to do this, please consult a Briggs & Stratton Authorized Dealer located in your area. Your Briggs & Stratton Authorized Dealer has all the information relating to Briggs & Stratton warranty information, replacement engines, short blocks, parts, pricing, service/repair, specifications, etc.

For your convenience, we offer three easy ways to locate your nearest Briggs & Stratton Authorized Dealers:

  • Use our website's Service Center Locator.

  • Visit and enter "Lawn Mowers" or "Engines-Gasoline" in the Category search field and your Postal Code in the Location search field.

  • Call the Briggs & Stratton Automated Hotline at (800) 444-7774. This hotline is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week and features voice recognition technology to assist you in finding the Briggs & Stratton Authorized Dealers in your area. Automated maintenance tips, product information, and FAQs are also offered through voice activated menus.

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