HOW TO Repair Generator Pull Cord
The pull cord is a vulnerable part of generators. Even though it is not an indispensable part, it really facilitates much when we start our outdoor equipment. Here is a detailed instruction on how to repair your generator pull cord. If your pull cord has broken, but you need to run your generator right now, you can look through another blog: Emergency Start Your Generator Without A Starter Safely.
Here are the detailed steps:
Step 1: Remove the bolts that are holding the cover.
Step 2: Remove the old rope on the cover and the handle. You may need a flat screwdriver to reach into the handle to pop it off and then you can pull the rope out.
Step 3: You have to match up the old rope to a new rope. A small tip is to melt both the ends of the new rope to make the ends nice and smooth. Because the melt rope can prevent itself from fraying.
Step 4: Now, grab your new rope and make a knot at the end and pull on it to make sure that it is really tight.
Step 5: What you need to do is grab the end of the rope without the knot and grab the recoil assembly. Now you have to insert the rope through it and pull on the rope until the knot gets right up to the spool.
Step 6: And then, insert the end of the rope without the knot through the hole in the recoil.
Step 7: Now what you need is the handle, just insert the rope through the handle and make another knot as you did earlier. You just need to insert the knot in the hole on the handle cover.
Step 8: Finally, you just need to tighten up the spring on the spool so that the rope will go back in. Grab the recoil in your hands, turn it four turns counterclockwise, and make sure you turn the spool when you do this and count your turns on where the rope exits the coil. You have to hold the rope to make sure it is in the spool and then you can let it go back in the recoil nice and easy.
Before you install your recoil, it is a good idea to spray it with some liquid wrench to lubricate all the moving parts in the recoil.
Step 9: Reinstall the cover and put up the bolts.
After you’ve finished all the steps above, it is better to try to start your engine up outside to check if the pull cord can work properly.
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