Briggs & Stratton Lawn Mower Replace Engine Recoil Starter #497680

This video provides step-by-step repair instructions for replacing the recoil starter on a small engine, which is commonly found in lawn mowers, riding tractors, zero-turn radius mowers, wheeled edgers, pressure washers, and generators. The most common reasons for replacing the recoil starter are when the engine is hard to start or won’t start.

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All of the information for this recoil starter replacement video is applicable to the following brands:
Briggs & Stratton, Toro, John Deere, Lawn Boy, Craftsman

Tools needed: screwdriver, nutdriver, socket wrench, drill

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7 thoughts on “Briggs & Stratton Lawn Mower Replace Engine Recoil Starter #497680

  1. Just what I needed: I have a Snapper, and was wondering about the rivets. After checking out several other videos first, this was the final piece of the information puzzle. Many thanks!

  2. Please share with everyone what you did with the handle, when you secured the blower housing to the engine. I do not see the handle (starter rope) anywhere near the recoil assembly.  When I installed my new recoil assembly it did not work , it darn on me that by adding slack in the rope (placing the start rope on the rope guide) before I secure the blower housing it work fine.

  3. Can you please share insight to help me. I have a Briggs/Stratton 675 ex mower engine. I replaced Air Filter, Changed Oil, Fuel, added Fuel Treatment, changed Spark Plug, and cleaned Carburetor. I cannot get mower to start.

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