How to Replace Your Lawn Mower Pull Cord

The end of summer signifies that you’re nearing the end of the grass cutting season. This is the time of year well-used lawn mowers are starting to show a lot of wear and tear. It’s that time when the pull cord is most likely to need replacing. This is probably not exactly what you want to hear this late in the season or anytime.

Don’t despair though because replacing your lawn mowers pull cord isn’t all that complicated. It’s something you can easily learn and do yourself and save yourself a bit of cash. Here’s a simple guide that will take you through the process of replacing your lawn mowers pull cord. Your usage may vary slightly depending on the lawn mower model you’re working with, but the basic steps will remain the same regardless of model.

Step 1: Removing the Old Pull Cord

Of course, before it can be replaced the old worn out or broken pull cord has to be removed. This will mean removing the pull cord housing. This will usually be found on top of your lawn mower. After you’ve removed the housing, you’ll be able to remove the pulley by lifting it out. If it’s a little sticky, it may require the use of pliers.

Step 2: Rewind the Pulley Spring

Now it’s time to replace the pull cord. You’ll accomplish this by locating the part known as the cable pulley and turning it clockwise. While you’re twisting it you’ll know it’s being done correctly when you feel a little bit of resistance. Just keep turning the cable pulley until you can no longer turn it. After reaching that point, you’ll want to allow it to unwind a little. At this point, the hole on the pulley should be nicely aligned with the hole on the rewind housing.  Now, block the spring with a flathead screwdriver to keep it from unwinding any further.

Step 3: Replacing the Cord

Use a burning candle or a lighter to melt the end of the replacement cord and twist it, so it’s molded into a point. This will make it easier to thread the replacement cord through the two holes. When you’ve finished threading put a knot in that same end so it can’t be pulled back out of the hole. At this point, you can remove the flathead screwdriver that you were using as a wedge. This will allow the pull cord to wind onto the pull wheel. It’s not uncommon to have excess left over so don’t be concerned about it if you do. Just cut off the excess and attach T-handle to the end.

Step 4: Refitting the Pulley

At this point, you’re basically done. It’s just a matter of putting the pulley housing back into position by reversing what you did to remove it. Before refastening the screws make sure the pull cord handle is in the proper place. And that’s it. You’re done.

By using the steps I’ve laid out above you’ll be able to easily replace your lawn mower pull cord. Since you probably already have most of the tools you’ll need for the job you can do it at virtually no expense. So now you’re all set to replace your lawn mower pull cord any time you need to.

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