37 thoughts on “Briggs & Stratton Recoil Starter Service

  1. Great job. One question: when engaging the retainer when I tighten the screw it binds the pulley and it will not rotate. If I loosen the screw it freely rotates. What am I doing wrong?

  2. I have a Briggs and Stratton motor on a small Poulan mower body.  After only 5 months the recoil starter pull cord set-up appears to be worn out.  The spring will not stay attached to the little plastic hook inside.  I have tried bending the spring end to get a more secure attachment, but after a few pulls, it always disconnects.  My recoil starter looks almost identical to the one in this video so my mower must be a similar model.  Can someone tell me where to find the serial numbers I need to order this set-up?  Also, how much I should expect to spend?Any help would be much appreciated . . .

  3. People like you make save people like me a ton of money.. but was a bit apprehensive going in with the spring winding and other steps. It couldn’t have been easier. Thank You!

  4. Thank you very much for this video… my spring and rope failed. But with your help it was so easy to fix. Thanks again.

  5. I didn't read any of the other comments, but I did notice the 44 thumbs down… How disappointing. I think the people that gave the thumbs down just completely have no mechanical ability whatsoever. I watch this video, I work on lawn mowers frequently, and still learn new things. 🙂 great job on this video A+

  6. Very well composed and detailed thanks 👍🏻one suggestion about burning the rope you could use clear tape to make it narrow to assist threading it in same way shoe lace has stiffened end

  7. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Exactly what I needed….my brother-in-law will never get his hands on my mower again!

  8. Very detailed. Nice job. Sometimes inserting the rope through the eyelet hole isn't easy due to fraying of cord end. Heating the frayed end momentarily with a lighter and then pinching the melted frays together and allowing the end to cool makes it easier to thread into the hole.

  9. Very informative video. The only thing I did different is use a small screw driver to hold the pulley in place while installing the rope instead of my fingers.

  10. I wish I would have watched this before I bought a new pulley assembly. At least I know how to fix my original one for a spare.

  11. Thanks for the great how to video. You explained everything so it all made sense to me and demonstrated how to solve the problem I was trying to fix. It was a simple and speedy repair. Replacing a broken starter rope and the spring had come out too. The part about aligning the top cap for the pawls was a great tip. Parts were only about $5. Thanks again.

  12. Definitely the best of the videos on this subject.  Only improvement I had to make was getting the rope through the eyelets – really tough to line it up and get it through, so I straightened out a paper clip and inserted it into the end of the rope to stiffen it up so I could push it through easily.  Thank you for great instruction!

  13. Great video. The spring popped out when I was replacing the starter pull rope so this had exactly the steps I needed to put everything back together. Thanks!

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