Learn how to repair a pull start commonly found on Briggs and Stratton engines.
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Replacement Starter Cord If Required
- Socket Wrench - 8mm & 10mm
- Flat Head Screwdriver
First we remove the cowling around the pull start and undo the three 8mm bolts
Next, located under the left side of the fuel tank is a 10mm bolt, undo it and be carefull not to lose the spacer. Once the fuel tank is loose carefully remove the fuel line. Be aware that if your tank is full, petrol will flow out as soon as the line is removed.
Once the fuel tank is off undo the four 10mm bolts and one 8mm on the pullstart cover, then remove and lay it on its face. Pry the cord up, spray some wd40, and slowly spin the cord clockwise, being careful to avoid any sharp points that will damage the cord. Do only 4-5 turns and check the cords tightness; if more is needed go 1 turn at a time – too many turns can damage the spring which is a more costly and difficult repair.
Once the cord is wound tight reassemble.