Snow Blowers How to Replace the Starter Cord on a Snow Blower

Published on February 10th, 2015 | by Turner Anderson


How to Replace the Starter Cord on a Snow Blower

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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7 Responses to How to Replace the Starter Cord on a Snow Blower

  1. peter friedrich says:

    Rather useful, but in my case the spring needed one turn of winding BEFORE attaching and knotting the cord.
    All in all, fine info.

  2. Lamont congery says:

    I’m having trouble with my snow blower is not blowing enough snow out of the machine I have a 5.0 20 of power everything’s working but not enough to blow snow out

  3. Donald Vlassis says:

    I bought this Cub Cadet almost 3years ago. I had the hardware put elect. Start on my snowblower so I wouldn’t have to use the pull cord due to my arthritis in my shoulders. I’ve never used the pull cord, so how did it break? O well maybe it was dry rot. My problem is my son can’t get the yellow cover off to get at the coil. Any ideas? Thanks

  4. Ernie MacCulloch says:

    Jack; I have a Craftsman snowblower with a MTD 277cc engine. The pull start cord snapped 10″ off, remaining cord is fine. Can I re-attach the shortened cord back to the pull handle? Would this damage the engine in any way? What is the length of this cord? Thanks

  5. Tony Lenhof says:

    I am looking for a starter motor for a model POWER CLEAR 210E Toro snow thrower.

  6. William Ackley says:

    I am looking for a pull cord assembly for a 1032 John Deere snow blower

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