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Engine Pull Cord Kickback

Typically, engine kickback is caused by improper ignition (spark) timing. Timing problems can be caused by striking an object (i.e. lawnmower blade hitting a hard object) while the engine is running, resulting in a sheared flywheel key and/or bent crankshaft. Timing problems are also the cause of hard start or no start concerns and is the cause of serious performance problems.

Your best option may be to have the engine examined by a Briggs & Stratton Authorized Dealer. Your local dealer can determine if the crankshaft has become bent, and if so, if it can be replaced. In some cases a short block is necessary.

A good source for engine specifications and technical servicing information would be a Briggs & Stratton Repair Manual. The correct Repair Manual for your model engine is often listed in your engine's Illustrated Parts List.

Repair Manuals are available for purchase through our websites section or locally from a Briggs & Stratton Service Dealer.

A good source for engine specifications and technical servicing information would be a Briggs & Stratton Repair Manual (Lookup Manual by Engine Model.) The correct Repair Manual for your model engine is often listed in your engine's Illustrated Parts List.

Repair Manuals are available for purchase through our websites Repair Manuals section or locally from a Briggs & Stratton Authorized Dealer.


For your convenience, engine parts (crankshafts, carburetors, pistons, gaskets, etc.) can be purchased online through the Lawn Mower Parts, Repair Parts & Maintenance Products section of our website directly from the factory. If you know your part number and wish to order factory direct, please click the "Buy Online" link provided here.

Do-It-Yourself parts and products (oil, air filters, spark plugs, carburetor cleaner, etc.) can also be ordered online through the Maintenance & Accessories section of our website.



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