9 Fixes For When Your Lawn Mower Won’t Start. Mower pull cord replacement

There are a number of reasons, mechanical and otherwise, why a mower won’t run. The good news is that fixing most all of the issues is easy enough for a DIYer to handle.

By Tony Carrick and Manasa Reddigari | Updated Aug 8, 2022 4:03 PM

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Lawn care can be tedious, but once the grass starts growing in the spring, mowing becomes a fact of life in most neighborhoods. When you finally muster the strength to tackle that first cut of the season, there are few sounds as disheartening as that of a lawn mower engine that turns over but doesn’t start.

Before you drag the mower in for repairs or invest in costly replacement parts, first make sure that a clogged air filter, soiled spark plug, damaged safety cable, clogged mowing deck, or contaminated gas isn’t to blame. Work through the following steps, and you may be able to get your puttering grass guzzler up and running again in no time.

A lawn mower repair professional can help. Get free, no-commitment repair estimates from pros near you.

Change the lawn mower carburetor filter.

Your lawn mower’s air filter guards the carburetor and engine from debris like grass clippings and dirt. When the air filter becomes clogged or too dirty, it can prevent the engine from starting. To keep this from happening, replace paper filters—or clean or replace foam filters—after every 25 hours of engine use.

The process for removing the filter depends on whether you are operating a riding or walk-behind lawn mower. For a riding mower, turn off the engine and engage the parking brake; for a walk-behind mower, pull the spark plug wire from the plug. Then, lift the filter from its housing.

The only choice for paper filters is replacement. If you’re cleaning a foam filter, wash it in a solution of hot water and detergent to loosen grime. Allow it to dry completely, and then wipe fresh motor oil over the filter, replace it in its housing, and power up the mower—this time to the pleasant whirring of an engine in tip-top condition.

Check the spark plug.

Is your lawn mower still being stubborn? The culprit may be the spark plug, which is responsible for creating the spark that ignites the fuel in the engine. If it’s loosened, disconnected, or coated in water or carbon residue, the spark plug may be the cause of your machine’s malfunction.

Locate the spark plug, often found on the front of the mower, and disconnect the spark plug wire, revealing the plug beneath. Use a socket wrench to unscrew the spark plug and remove it.

Check the electrode and insulator. If you see buildup, spray brake cleaner onto the plug, and let it soak for several minutes before wiping it with a clean cloth. Reinstall the spark plug, first by hand, and then with a socket wrench for a final tightening. If the problem persists, consider changing the spark plug.

Clear the mower deck of debris.

The mower’s deck prevents grass clippings from showering into the air like confetti, but it also creates a place for them to collect. Grass clippings can clog the mower deck, especially while mowing a wet lawn, preventing the blade from turning.

If the starter rope seems stuck or is difficult to pull, then it’s probably due to a clogged deck. With the mower safely turned off, tip it over onto its side and examine the underbelly. If there are large clumps of cut grass caught between the blade and deck, use a trowel to scrape these clippings free. When the deck is clean again, set the mower back on its feet and start it up.

Clear the vent in the lawn mower fuel cap.

The mower started just fine, you’ve made the first few passes, then all of a sudden the mower quits. You pull the cord a few times, but the engine just sputters and dies. What’s happening? It could have something to do with the fuel cap. Most mowers have a vented fuel cap. This vent is intended to release pressure, allowing fuel to flow from the tank to the carburetor. Without the vent, the gas fumes inside the tank begin to build up, creating a vacuum that eventually becomes so strong that it stops the flow of fuel.

To find out if this is the problem, remove the gas cap to break the vacuum, then reattach it. The mower should start right up. But if the lawn mower won’t stay running and cuts off again after 10 minutes or so, you’ll need to get a new gas cap.

Clean and refill the lawn mower fuel tank.

An obvious—and often overlooked—reason your mower may not be starting is that the tank is empty or contains gas that is either old or contaminated with excess moisture and dirt. If your gas is more than a month old, use an oil siphon pump to drain it from the tank.

(It’s important to be careful as spilled oil can cause smoking, but there are other reasons this might happen. Read more about what to do when your lawn mower is smoking.)

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Add fuel stabilizer to the tank.

Fill the tank with fresh fuel and a fuel stabilizer to extend the life of the gas and prevent future buildup. A clogged fuel filter is another possible reason for a lawn mower not to start. When the filter is clogged, the engine can’t access the gas that makes the system go. If your mower has a fuel filter (not all do), check to make sure it’s functioning properly.

First, remove the fuel line at the carburetor. Gas should flow out. If it doesn’t, confirm that the fuel shutoff valve isn’t accidentally closed. Then remove the fuel line that’s ahead of the fuel filter inlet. If gas runs out freely, there’s a problem with the fuel filter. Consult your owner’s manual for instructions on replacing the filter and reassembling the mower.

Inspect the safety release mechanism cable.

Your lawn mower’s reluctance to start may have nothing to do with the engine at all but rather with one of the mower’s safety features: the dead man’s control. This colorfully named safety bar must be held in place by the operator for the engine to start or run. When the bar is released, the engine stops. While this mechanism cuts down on the likelihood of horrific lawn mower accidents, it also can be the reason the mower won’t start.

The safety bar of a dead man’s control is attached to a metal cable that connects to the engine’s ignition coil, which is responsible for sending current to the spark plug. If your lawn mower’s engine won’t start, check to see if that cable is damaged or broken. If it is, you’ll need to replace it before the mower will start.

Fortunately, replacing a broken control cable is an easy job. You may, however, have to wait a few days to get the part. Jot down the serial number of your lawn mower, then head to the manufacturer’s website to order a new cable.

Check to see if the flywheel brake is fully engaged.

The flywheel helps to make the engine work smoothly through inertia. When it isn’t working properly, it will prevent the mower’s engine from working.

If it is fully engaged, it can make a mower’s pull cord hard to pull. Check the brake pad to see if it makes full contact with the flywheel and that there isn’t anything jamming the blade so the control lever can move freely.

If the flywheel brake’s key sheared, the mower may have run over something that got tangled in the blade. It is possible to replace a flywheel key, but it does require taking apart the mower.

Look out for signs that the mower needs professional repairs.

While repairing lawn mowers can be a DIY job, there are times when it can be best to ask a professional to help repair a lawn mower. If you’ve done all of the proper mower maintenance that is recommended by the manufacturer, and gone through all of the possible ways to fix the mower from the steps above, then it may be best to call a pro. Here are a few signs that indicate when a pro’s help is a good idea.

  • You see black smoke. The engine will benefit from a technician’s evaluation, as it could be cracked or something else might be worn out.
  • Excessive oil or gas usage. If you’ve changed the spark plugs, and done all of the other maintenance tasks, and the mower is consuming more than its usual amount of oil or gas, consult a professional for an evaluation.
  • The lawn mower is making a knocking sound. When a lawn mower starts making a knocking sound, something could be bent or out of alignment. It may be tough to figure this out on your own, so a pro could help.
  • A vibrating or shaking lawn mower can be a sign of a problem beyond a DIY fix. Usually something is loose or not aligning properly.

How To Replace A Pull Cord On Lawn Mower?

Gas lawnmowers have a lot of benefits, such as ease of use and not having to worry about a long power cord getting damaged. However, one thing that many don’t appreciate is using a pull cord to start it and the issues that come with it.

There are few things as frustrating as having your lawnmower pull cord break when you try and start it, so knowing how to replace it before, or if this happens, is essential.

For both detachable and non-detachable rewinding units, the first step is to remove the pull cord before replacing it with the new one. You need to rewind the pulley halfway, line up the holes, and insert and secure the new thread. Once the cable is in, you can reattach the unit or cover it again.

Though installing a new pull cord can seem straightforward, the process will differ depending on your mower.

Before attempting this, you must have a general idea of how this system works and how a pull cord works, as you can damage your mower if you make a mistake during the installation.

Luckily, the steps below are more in-depth than the short explanation above.

Replacing A Lawn Mower Pull Cord Step By Step

Since replacing or repairing anything in a motor or mechanically advanced machine can be pretty nerve-wracking, we have set out an easy-to-follow guide to help you.

If you follow these steps correctly, there should be little that can go wrong.

These steps will differ a little depending on your lawnmower and the rewinding unit it uses, and these are just to give you a rough idea as they are similar for most mowers.

Safety First, ensure your mower won’t start

Before taking off any covers or putting your fingers near mechanical parts, you first need to unplug the spark plug wires to ensure the mower won’t miraculously switch on by itself.

For many, this seems paranoid, but it is better to be safe.

Remove any covers and the starter housing

Once you are 100% sure your mower is secure, you can remove any covers over the starter housing and then the unit itself.

There should be a couple of screws or bolts keeping it in place, be sure not to lose them. If the rewind pulley is attached to your starter housing, remove it.

Remove the old pull cord

Once the rewinding pulley or starter housing is no longer attached, you should be able to see the old pull cord. If the cable has broken, unwind the rest of it from the system.

If the line is in one piece, pull it until the pulley is wound up and remove it while keeping it in place and aligned with the holes.

Insert the new pull cord

Once the old cable is detached, you can use a screwdriver to keep the holes aligned while measuring and cutting the new line.

Rewind the pulley halfway if it isn’t, and align the feed holes. With everything in place, you can attach the new cord like the old one was.

Attach the cord handle

Once the cord is reattached and in its place, you can tread it through the necessary hole and attach the handle to it.

Do not attach the handle to the normal position yet, as this will complicate the rest of the process.

Reattach the rewinding unit or housing

You can now reattach everything you took off earlier. If you have a detachable rewinding unit, secure it in place again.

If you just removed the starter housing, you can attach that again and ensure that the screws or colts are secure. You should also ensure that the cord and handle go through the feed holes.

Attach the cord handle to the push/steering handle

With everything else back in place, you can attach the pull cord handle to the back of your lawnmower where it usually is.

It would be best if you also reinserted the spark plug cables to make sure that you can start your lawnmower.

Test the new pull cord

The most important part now is that the new pull cord is in place and works correctly. The simplest way to do this task is to attempt to start your lawnmower.

If there are any issues, you should consult your user manual or a mechanic that can help you.

Possible Issues After Replacing Lawn Mower Pull Cord

Though you can now replace the pull cord of your lawnmower, there might be some other problems that appear after.

Unfortunately, mistakes can happen quickly, and a few things can go wrong during the replacement process. Below are some of the commonly found issues and what to do if they occur.

Also read Are Lawn Mower Blades Universal to have a better understanding.

Lawn Mower Pull Cord Is Stuck

One of the most common issues after replacing a pull cord on your lawnmower is that the cable won’t pull anymore. This problem usually occurs when the line has not wound up correctly or has managed to go over itself in a way that stops that cable from moving freely.

The fix for this problem is simple enough, follow the steps above to remove the necessary covers or the rewinding unit.

Once removed, you should be able to see the problem and fix it quickly. Before replacing everything, you should check that it doesn’t happen again.

If the problem persists, you should consult your user guide or a mechanic.

The Pull Cord Does Not Rewind

Another common issue is that the pull cord does not rewind up once you have pulled it.

If you do not wind the pulley correctly, your mower won’t rewind the cable as it should. Additionally, there is also the chance of a broken pulley causing this.

The fix for this problem is another simple one, use the steps above to remove the covers and housing, check the problem, rewind the pulley, and reattach everything.

If rewinding the pulley does not work, you likely have a broken pulley, and I suggest consulting the user manual or taking it to a repair shop if you don’t know how to do it yourself.


Though some things might go wrong when replacing your lawnmower’s pull cord, they are usually as easy to fix as the job itself.

If you are struggling or don’t want to attempt doing this yourself, you can always ask a professional for help.

However, following the steps above should help you a lot and put you right back behind your mower in no time at all.

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Jason is an expert writer and is passionate about Smart Homes and Home Improvements writing as well as lifestyle and Lawn Care. He spent the past twelve years living in Hawaii, where he worked closely alongside event planners and resort owners to perfect his knowledge of luxury products and aesthetics. He discovered his passion for DIY projects and home improvement there. Currently, he lives in Washington D.C with his family and 2 pets. View all posts

How To Replace Pull Cord On Lawn Mower? (Step-By-Step Guide)

If you are a garden lover, a lawnmower is a regular companion of your daily lifestyle. But you know since it is a tool, you can face many problems. The breaking or tearing of the pull cord is one of them.

A pull cord acts as the starter of a lawnmower. Without a pull cord, you can’t start a lawnmower.

Is your lawnmower useless for just a damaged pull cord?

No way. Nothing to worry about. Your lawnmower didn’t go useless. Replacement of the pull cord may again restore its functioning power.

But what to do when you need to replace this pull cord? Do you think the task is a hassle? Of course not.

If you don’t know how to replace pull cord on lawn mower at home, this article will let you know useful information about that.

And I believe, after that, replacing a pull cord will be an easy task for you. Then try to do this at home. It will save your repair costs.

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In this content you’ll learn:

Major Parts Of Lawn Mower Pull Cord Housing:

Process Of Replacing A Pull Cord On Lawn Mower:

Here, we will discuss the process of how to replace the pull cord on the lawn mower. And the whole process can take up to 30 minutes to complete. Be patient and stay with us.

First of all, as you will need to fix the pull cord of a lawn mower, here we will FOCUS on the equipment that we need to replace it

  • New pull rope with exact length and thickness
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Needle nose Pliers
  • Lighter
  • Hand gloves

Step #1: Make The Necessary Preparation

First, take the lawn mower to a flat surface. Don’t forget to wear hand gloves for protection.

Step #2: Disconnect Power Cord

Find the lawn mower’s power cord and safely disconnect it from the battery. This will protect you from being electrified.

Step #3: Remove Rewind Housing Screws

Now, find out the 3 screws attached to the lawn mower’s rewind housing. Remove the screws using a screwdriver or wrench.

Step #4: Remove Old Broken Rope

Lightly hit the rewind housing to open it. Now find the knotted edge of the broken rope. Hold the edge tight with the pliers and pull out.

The edge from which the broken rope is pulled will be used to insert the new rope. You will find new ropes at any hardware store or engine repair shop.

Step #5: Settle The New Rope

Take the new rope this time. Put a knot on one end of the rope and enter the new rope with the same place as the old rope out.

Take care of the innerspring of the rewind. Around the pulley, slowly rotate it in the right direction and fasten the rope. Keep moving the pulley until you feel resistance.

Step #6: Rotate The Pulley

Keep the pulley rotating until the pores of the rewind housing and the pellets of the pulley are in the same position. Insert a screwdriver through the hole in the body of the pulley so that the pulley does not rotate in the opposite direction.

Step #7: Insert The Rope In The Rewind Housing

Insert the rope through the hole of the rewind housing and give it a knot. Heat the rope with a lighter. Pull it tight before returning to the previous position.

Step #8: Cut off Extra Rope

Remove the screwdriver and allow the rope to be fastened to the wheel. After returning everything to its previous position, cut it off if there is an extra rope.

Step #9: Replace The Rewind Housing

This time, carefully replace the rewind housing to its previous position. Reinstall the screws that were previously removed using a screwdriver or wrench. Tighten the screws.

Step #10: Reconnect Power Cord

Reconnect the power cord to the battery. Turn the lawn mower on and check to make sure everything is fine.

How To Replace Pull Cord On Lawn Mower


  • At the beginning of the replacement, specify a place to hold the screws. That will free you from the hassle of losing the screws.
  • Be careful when removing the screwdriver from innerspring so that your finger does not stick to the spring.
  • Collect the user manual from the manufacturer’s website. If you have a problem while working, the user manual will guide you that how to fix the problem.

When It Is Necessary To Replace A Pull Cord Of Lawn Mower:

  • When the lawn mower’s pull cord does not return to the housing properly.
  • When the lawn mower’s pull cord is broken or damaged.
  • When the lawn mower’s pull cord gets stuck in the housing or doesn’t come out.

Final Verdict:

The process we discussed is the general process for replacing a lawn mower’s pull cord. But keep in mind, the entire process we discussed is for small size lawn mowers.

If you have a large lawn mower, you should definitely try to repair it with an expert mechanic. In the case of a large size lawn mower, it may be risky for you to repair.

Hopefully, this article has helped you to know about how to replace pull cord on lawn mower.

How to Replace the Pull Cord on a Lawn Mower? 8 Easy Steps in 2022

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Many advantages come with gas lawnmowers: ease of use, and the lack of a long power cord to worry about damage. However, using a pull cord to start it and the problems that go along with it are something that many people find annoying.

Knowing how to replace the pull cord of your lawnmower before or if it breaks is important since there are few things more frustrating than trying to start your lawnmower only to discover that it is broken.

You need to know now how to replace the pull cord on a lawn mower, so you can deal with the situation in the best way possible. Follow Lawn Advisors detailed guide on how to replace the pull cord on a lawn mower, then changing a pull cord will be an easy task for you.

Finally, you’ll find a few tips to keep in mind when replacing the pull cord in your lawn mower.

Materials and Tools Needed

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If you’re wondering how to replace the pull cord on a lawn mower, you should first keep these tools and materials in hand to help you in this process:

  • 4-in-1 Screwdriver
  • Leather Gloves
  • Needle-Nose Pliers
  • Nut Driver
  • New Pull Rope
  • Scissors/ Utility Knife

How to Replace the Pull Cord on a Lawn Mower?

We have provided an easy-to-follow guide to assist you because changing or repairing anything in a motor or mechanically advanced machine can be very nerve-wracking.

Ensure Your Mower Won’t Start

To make sure the mower won’t suddenly turn on by itself, you must remove the spark plug wires before removing any covers or putting your fingers close to mechanical parts.

Remove any Covers and the Starter Housing

You can remove any covers from the starter housing and then the main unit after you are absolutely certain that your mower is secure.

Several screws or bolts should be holding it in place; be sure not to lose them. Remove the rewind pulley from your starter housing if it is there.

Remove the Old Pull Cord

The old pull cord ought to be visible after the starter housing or rewinding pulley is removed. Unwind the rest of the cable from the system if the cable has broken.

If the line is unbroken, pull it until the pulley is wrapped up and then take it out, making sure to keep it in place and in line with the holes.

Insert the New Pull Cord

After removing the old cable, you can use a screwdriver to maintain the alignment of the holes as you measure and cut the new line.

If it isn’t, wind the pulley halfway and line up the feed holes. Once everything is in place, you may attach the new cord similarly to how you did with the old one.

Attach the Cord Handle

The handle can then be attached to the cord once it has been reattached and placed in its proper place.

The process will be made more difficult if you yet attach the handle in its normal place.

Reattach the Rewinding Unit or Housing

You can now reattach everything you took off earlier. Reposition any removable rewinding unit if you have one.

If you recently detached the starter housing, you can reattach it to make sure the screws or colts are secure. Additionally, make sure the handle and cord fit through the feed holes.

Attach the Cord Handle to the Push/ Steering Handle

Once everything is back in place, you may reattach the pull cord handle to its normal place on the back of your lawnmower.

For the best chance of starting your lawnmower, it would be preferable if you also reinserted the spark plug cables.

Test the New Pull Cord

Now that the new pull cord is installed and working, that is what matters most. Try to start your lawnmower; this is the easy way to use.

You should refer to your user manual or a qualified mechanic if there are any problems.

And here’s how to replace the pull cord on a lawn mower properly.

Important Tips on How to Replace the Pull Cord on a Lawn Mower

Here are a few tips you need to follow when replacing the pull cord on a lawn mower:

– To avoid losing small parts that need to be removed, keep a small box or container on hand at all times.

– The problem can be a damaged spring. The pulley may then need to be taken out of the assembly in that case.

– Before doing any maintenance on your mower, always remove the spark plug.

– Test the assembly by pulling out the cord after detaching it from the lawnmower to determine if it retracts back properly upon recoiling.

– Before you reinstall the pull cord assembly on the mower after repairing each part, test it.

– Although most pulleys don’t need to be removed, it may be necessary depending on how well your lawnmower is made. Installing a replacement spring that comes with the starter pulley is recommended.

How to Replace the Pull Cord on a Lawn Mower FAQ

The length of the lawnmower cord varies depending on the model of the lawnmower. The important thing about the pull cord’s size is that it should not be too thick. It is because a thick pull cord would be difficult to rewind around the pulley.5, 5.5, or 6 size pull ropes are often used.

A pull cord of the desired length is sometimes not available on the market. So you need to cut it to the desired size. To do this, mark the rope with a marker for the desired length, and then cut the end with a pair of scissors.Next, just cut and twist the end of the rope while burning it with a matchstick.

A pull cord of the desired length is sometimes not available on the market. So you need to cut it to the desired size. To do this, mark the rope with a marker for the desired length, and then cut the end with a pair of scissors.Next, just cut and twist the end of the rope while burning it with a matchstick.

There are several causes for the pull cord to get stuck:Old grass or debris can be trapped inside the starter pulley.Damaged recoil spring.Impaired pull cord.

To Wrap Up

You know now how to replace the pull cord on a lawn mower easily with this step-by-step guide so you can avoid lawn mower mishaps.

Don’t forget to prepare the tools and materials needed for this task before you start and check the user manual for more information about this process.

Still have any questions about how to replace the pull cord on a lawn mower? Leave them in Lawn Advisors Комментарии и мнения владельцев box below and we’ll answer you.

Lawn Mower Pull Cord Not Catching – Is It Hard?

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If the trigger on your lawn mower isn’t working, you won’t get anywhere. Mowing becomes impossible if your mower requires you to pull a cable to start it. It’s annoying to try different troubleshooting methods for the Lawn Mower Pull cord not catching before determining that the mower’s pull cord is broken rather than needing more gas.

Here we’ll break down the inner workings of a lawnmower, discuss some potential reasons why your pull cord could not be engaging, and provide some solutions.

Lawn Mower Pull Cord Is Not Catching – Fix the Problem

It’s common for a lawn mower to break at the drawcord. These problems have straightforward solutions. Issues with the mower’s draw cord not catching are common and can be caused by

  • The first problem is that the pull cord is broken or damaged.
  • Pulley pawls that have been harmed in the course of the use
  • Broken pulley for the emergency cord
  • An internal pull recoil spring has snapped, and the system is no longer functional.
  • Other Reasons Your Lawnmower’s Cord Won’t Pull

It’s embarrassing to pull the starter cord and have no resistance, sending you flying backward, and it’s infuriating when nothing you try works to get the lawn mower going. Lawnmowers that have seen a lot of users tend to have more issues like this.

Damaged or Broken Pulley

You can’t do anything without the pulley. The pulley serves as a guide, a feeder, a place to stash the pull cord, a place to hold the coil spring, and a place to store the pawls. The pulley’s plastic construction makes it vulnerable to breakdown. If the pulley is broken, the cable can’t smoothly circle it. A jam between the pulley and the rope will prevent the machine from starting.

Follow the instructions provided to resolve this issue.

  • Take the spark plug wire out of the plug.
  • Yank the plug out all the way.
  • Insert a screwdriver into the recoil and lock it into place.
  • Cut the cord
  • Drop the screwdriver
  • Take out the central nut
  • Take off the friction plate
  • After that, replace the old pulley with the new one.
  • Align it with the housing post
  • Now, turn the pulley clockwise to wind up the spring.
  • Put the screwdriver in to keep the pulley in place.
  • Don’t remove the screwdriver and reconnect the power source.
  • The next step is to remove the screwdriver gradually.
  • Slowly wind the rope up to the top.
  • Return the key to the ignition and crank the engine over for the fifteenth time
  • Hook up the spark plug wire.
  • Attempt to start the engine.

The mechanism has a problem, as the pull recoil spring has snapped.

The starter cord can’t retract and be stored in the pulley if the pull recoil spring within the starting mechanism is damaged. If the recoil starter spring has snapped, you must replace the entire unit. For a reasonable price, you can purchase complete new units with preloaded springs and cords.

Pulley pawls

Plastic pawls are commonly used; however, they eventually wear out and crack. Damaged pawls prevent the flywheel from engaging the receiver and turning the engine over.

Follow these procedures to inspect the lawnmower’s pawls for damage:

  • Pull the ignition plug out. A good rule of thumb when servicing a lawnmower is to keep the ignition switch in the “off” position.
  • Just take off the starting cover, and you’ll see the part.
  • Take off the pawls’ central bolt and cap.
  • Take the pawls off and inspect them for excessive wear or damage.
  • Slid the replacement pawls into the slots left vacant by the old ones.
  • Remove the old nut and cap and replace them.
  • Put back the starter and make sure it’s working by pulling the cord.
  • The pawls interact with the flywheel recipient, which is often a metal cup. If the flywheel receiver is worn, the pawls won’t be capable of engaging, and the engine won’t catch.

Broken Pull Cord

A non-functioning pull cord prevents the starter recoil from turning the crankshaft adaptor, which prevents the engine from starting. Replacement of a pull cord is more accessible than replacement of a broken one.

Follow these directions to replace a worn-out cable :

  • Take off the cover of the starter.
  • You should cut the new cord’s length to match the old one’s length. We shouldn’t miss the old cable just yet.
  • Unplug the rusty starter. To prevent the pulley from collapsing, you can secure its spokes with a screwdriver or a punch.
  • Discard the worn-out pulley’s rope.
  • Put the new cord through the pulley and tie a knot in it.
  • You will attach the draw handle and secure it in place with a double knot.
  • Take out the screwdriver and let the pulley wind back.
  • Insert the unit back into the starter’s housing.
  • You must rewind the pulley spring if the cord is severed before a replacement line can be attached.
  • Wrap the cord around the pulley and count the revolutions to determine how many times the spring must be wound

Other Reasons Your Lawnmower’s Cord Won’t Pull

One or both of the pawls on your lawnmower’s pulley may be broken, or the pulley itself may be worn out, which would prevent the cord from being pulled. There are, however, other potential factors that can interfere with your mower’s performance. The critical point is that different manufacturers have varying standards and procedures. Yet, while all mowers will share a standard set of components, how those components are assembled will vary from brand to brand.

Most lawnmower components are made of plastic. Once damaged, these plastic components quickly wear out and fail. Most mower manufacturers use plastic members instead of metal to keep their low and remain competitive. Like the pawls and the pulley, the flywheel receiver can wear out and break.


It is concluded that, If your mower breaks down, you might not have to shell out a lot of cash for repairs. When you understand how everything is supposed to work, it’s much simpler to pinpoint the source of the issue. In addition, if you are competent with mechanical components, you can resolve the problem quickly. Brand, model, starter, recoil, and flywheel assembly info is required. An expert look at the machine is recommended if you are unsure about your mechanical aptitude.

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