Briggs Vertical Pullstart In Depth Repair

Learn How To Repair A 3hp Briggs & Stratton Pullstart

Tools/Parts Required 

  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Socket Wrench - 7/16 Socket
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Starter Handle & Cord

Step 1.

Remove the plastic cover on the pull start, do this with caution as the spring underneath is wound tightly. Undo the bolt holding the spring in place, again being cautious of the spring. Carefully remove the starter, being careful not to unwind the spring, as it is difficult to rewind. There is a clip which will need to be undone.

Step 2

Reach in with needle nose pliers to remove the old starter cord if it is damaged, thread the new cord into the hole from which the old cord was just removed. Tie a knot in the end of the starter cord that was threaded through the starter. Check that the knot doesn’t get in the way of the shaft and block its movement.

Step 3

Place the clip back in position and wind the cord in an anti-clockwise direction. Once the cord has been fully wound hold it in place with a pin. Place the starter back in position, ensure that all the clips are in the correct place when doing so. Do up the bolt that holds the starter in place.

Step 4

The last step is to position the free end of the cord the correct way. Undo the bolt holding the plate where the cord threads through, underneath the plate will be a pulley, remove this too being careful not to lose any pieces. Thread the end of the cord to the hole, place the pulley back in position with the plate over the top and screw in the bolt to hold everything in place. Place the main plastic cover in position, and if need be thread the loose end of the cord through the new handle and tie a knot to keep it in place. The starter cord may need to be trimmed shorter.


  1. I really appreciate this tutorial, since I have a Briggs from 1978 that I still use and even though I have replaced a number of starter gears on it through the years, you have shown me the way to adjust the tension of the spring. I always used to take needle-nose pliers and tension the spring with it and then tightening the bolt. Your way is sooo much easier and safer. Thank you.

  2. Thanks so much for this tutorial. I searched using as many tags and finally came across yours. Saved me $$$..thanks again

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