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Recoil Starter Replacement On A Lawn Mower

by Jeremy HIPA 06 Dec 2022 0 Comments

This blog is a step-by-step instruction for replacing the recoil starter on a lawn mower. The most common reasons for replacing the recoil starter are when the engine is hard to start or won’t start.


Before you begin the replacement, you need to make sure the engine has cooled and remove the wire and boot from the spark plug to prevent the engine from accidentally starting.
Step 1: Your first step is to remove the starter rope from the rope guide. Next remove the screws to release the engine cover. Feed the starter handle through the cover and set the cover aside.
Step 2: Now remove the screws securing the gas tank and move the gas tank aside. You need to be aware that some gasoline may spill out.
Step 3: Next remove the mounting screw securing the dip stick tube and remove the tube from the engine. Keep in mind that some engine oil may spill.
Step 4: Remove the bolts securing the blower housing and pull the housing off.
Step 5: Depending on how the old recoil starter is mounted. Remove the bolts to release it from the housing or use a three sixteenth inch drill bit to drill out any rivets for spot welds. You need to make sure this is performed on a sturdy surface.
You are now ready to install the new recoil starter.
Step 6: Correctly position the starter on the blower housing and secure it with the provided nuts and bolts. Position the blower housing on the engine and secure the bolts. Carefully insert the dip stick tube into the engine sump and secure the mounting screw.
Step 7: Reposition the gas tank and reinstall the screws. Feed the starter handle through the engine cover then align the cover and secure it with the screws. Loop the starter rope onto the guide and reattach the spark plug wire and boot.

With the repair completed, your lawn mower should be ready for use.

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