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How to Replace the Starter Cord on a Snow Blower

How to Replace the Starter Cord on a Snow Blower Posted in Snowblowers

There are many things that can stop you in your tracks when clearing the snow after a storm. The most frustrating would be a broken starter cord.

If the cord shows signs of tearing or fraying, you should replace it before it breaks. Nothing's worse than being stuck in the snow with a snow blower that won't start.

Replacing the Starter Cord

1) Remove the Start Cord Assembly

Remove the starter cord assembly by taking out the bolts holding it in place.

Replacing the Starter Cord Step 1 Remove the Starter Cord Assembly

2) Remove the Cord

Cut or untie the knots at both ends of the cord. The recoil pulley will unwind.

Replacing the Starter Cord Step 2 Remove the Cord

3) Attach Replacement Cord to Starter Handle

Thread one end of the replacement cord through the starter handle and tie a knot.

Replacing the Starter Cord Step 3 Attach Cord to Starter Handle

4) Attach Replace Cord to Recoil Pulley

Thread the other end of the cord through the hole in the recoil housing. Then tie a knot through the recoil pulley hole.

Replacing the Starter Cord Step 4 Attach Cord to Recoil Pulley

5) Wind the Recoil Pulley

Hook the cord to the slot on the recoil pulley. While keeping the cord inserted in the slot, use the cord to wind the pulley. This will create the tension needed for it to recoil.

Replacing the Starter Cord Step 5 Replacing the Starter Cord

Let the Cord Slowly Rewind

Once the pulley is wound, unhook the cord from the slot and slowly let the cord rewind around the pulley. Test the recoil by pulling the cord and making sure it recoils smoothly.

Replacing the Starter Cord Step 6 Let the Cord Slowly Rewind

After reinstalling the starter cord assembly onto your snow blower, try to start it. If you're snow blower revs up, you've done a great job.


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