Briggs and Stratton Start Cord Replacement

Learn to replace an old or broken start cord on a Briggs and Stratton lawn mower.

Tools/Parts Required.

  • Socket Wrench - 10mm & 12mm Socket
  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Scissors
  • Replacement Starter Cord (Click Here)


Step 1.

Undo the bolts holding the top cover in position, the are 4 easily visible, 2 at the front and 2 at the back. There is also another bolt at the bottom right hidden under the fuel tank. Once these have been removed disconnect the fuel hose and remove the top cover (if petrol is still in the fuel tank it will spill). The oil filler.needs to be pulled out too.

Step 2

If the old start cord is still present cut off the starter handle, also cut the knot preventing the rope being removed from the starter coil. Thread the new start cord through the hole from which the old one was removed (be careful to hold the starter coil in position so it doesn’t lose tension), tie a knot when the cord has been threaded almost the entire way through.

Step 3

Thread the opposite end of the starter cord through the starter handle and tie knot. Now you may release the starter coil, the handle should retract – if it doesn’t you will need to rewind the pullstart (click here for video). If everything is working with the starter you can now place it back on the engine and replace the bolts – the job is complete.


    • You will just need to drain as much out of the oil tank as you can then add fresh oil, If you cannot get most the petrol out with the first drain you should mix it with fresh oil and then drain it again to insure you get as much out as possible

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