Learn how to fix a Victa pull-start which has had the coil unwound, and how to replace an absent or broken pull-start cord.
- Tin Snips
- Spanner - 24mm
- Locking Pliers
- Phillips Head Screwdriver
- Socket Wrench - 12mm Socket
- Replacement Starter Cord 3.5mm
Turn of the fuel, remove the fuel line along with the top cover and place it aside.
Remove the starter by undoing the three bolts holding it in place with the socket wrench these bolts are usually 11mm or 12mm. If there is no crank case seal it will need replacing (available here).
Lock the bottom of the pull start in place with the locking pliers, lock the pliers in a vice and use the 24mm wrench to undo the bolt in the top side of the pull-start. After loosening the top bolt, unwind the bottom section with your hands and remove it (do not lose the clip around the bottom of the pull-start). Then remove the top section, revealing the pull-start coil.
There should be a U-shaped bend on the inside end of the starter coil, often this bends and is what causes the pull-start to lose tension. Bend the coil back into shape (in the appropriate direction, so as to latch onto the tab on the metal section of the pull start), if need be you may cut a portion off the end of the coil if it is beyond repair, do not remove more than is necessary. When working with the starter coil be careful not to let the entire coil unwind.
If the cord needs replacing thread it through the intended hole and tie a knot in the cord, then wrap it around the plastic section of the pull start (clockwise).
Reassemble all parts of the pull-start, when replacing the bottom bolt ensure that it is aligned correctly with its clip and (this can be difficult as it tends to move during tightening, so keep an eye on it).
If the cord doesn’t wind in all the way it may be necessary to spin it around the pull-start one or two more times (click here for video). If the cord is now winding back without any problems reassemble your mower.