Small Engine Repair: Replacing the Starter Pull Cord on a Briggs & Stratton Walk Behind LawnMower


**Always follow the instructions in your repair manual when doing repair or maintenance work on Outdoor Power Equipment. Manuals can be found at the manufacturers website.**

In this video I replace the starter pull cord on a Briggs & Stratton 650 series engine, which is attached to a walk behind mower. The mowers pull cord handle is attached to the mower handle assembly. The starter pull cord size for this engine is size 4.5, and the pull cord length is 7 feet. The length of the cord can very slightly and it depends on the stiffness of the cord. If the stiffness of the cord your using is very stiff, than it might bind a little when the cord winds into the starter assembly. If it does, than shorten the cord to 6.5 feet and try it again.

Tools Used:
– 5/32 Socket
– 3/8 Socket
– Phillip and Straight Screw Driver
– Needle Nosed Pliers
– Lighter or Match



48 thoughts on “Small Engine Repair: Replacing the Starter Pull Cord on a Briggs & Stratton Walk Behind LawnMower

  1. Awesome how to video for the novice. Thank you for being so clear in your instructions, especially the part about the rewind pulley 7 times, took me under 30 minutes. Great job, very useful.

  2. I tried but could not make it. when I placed all parts after the installation of cord, something was stucking or blocking, could not pull the cord all the way.

  3. Why didnt i watch this video FIRST! I watched a different one and could not get it to feed the line…this helped immensely, thank you!

  4. Do you think that 550 Paracord would be an adequate replacement for the cord? The stuff they sell in the store is way expensive for my budget, and I have lots of UV resistant paracord here at the house.

  5. Cheers for the workthrough, I'll only add that viewers should be careful when pre-loading the spring before attaching thae cable – snap back hurts your fingers.

  6. Thank-you for posting… saved myself a trip to the repair shop & back, $50+, and a 2+ week wait. Easy to follow directions, nicely done.

  7. Your video just helped even a novice like me to put in a replacement cord in my Craftsman 825 front tine tiller. Thank you very much!

  8. Advice: Give careful consideration to the order things go back together! I caught that I would need to thread the pull rope through the guide eye on the handle of my mower. I missed that I also needed to thread the cord through the opening in the piece that includes the gas tank. DOH! Good video otherwise.

  9. Thank you very much for posting this video. My starter pull cord broke today and I was able to replace it myself for 4 Euros following the instructions.

  10. Notice the relatively clear audio. Many treat the audio track as an afterthought– as if we can simply read the presenter's mind. This presenter does a great job of presenting the instructions.

  11. Perfect Video. Just used your instruction to replace the cord on my mower. Took no longer than 10 minutes at most. Cracking video.!!!!!

  12. Thanks for making this video… I saw the 4 rivets holding the pull cord housing and was getting ready to remove via drill bit. 🙂

  13. Hi from the UK! This worked a treat. Only wish I'd used 4mm cord instead of 2mm. It's all I had but not sure how long it will last! Thanks for a great tutorial.

  14. Second time I've had to consult this – thank-you again (this method also works well to rid the motor of a mice nest…). JJF, Northern Va

  15. Thanks for the helpful video. BTW I noticed that when the pull cord needs replacing it's good to check the fuel hose as well. Mine was already full of cracks and it was easy to replace now that the tank was removed.

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