Weed Eater Repair: Recoil Starter Springs

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If you need to perform some simple weed eater repair tasks, then you can begin by trying to refit the recoil starter springs on your machine. These springs are notoriously difficult to refit, as they need to be quite taut when they are placed in the weed eater. If you have a weed eater repair manual, then this will be a great way to get the answers on fitting a weed eater recoil starter spring, but if you don't have one, and can't find an answer on the web, then there are still some things that you can do to perform this essential weed eater repair. This is quite a complicated task, so be prepared for it to take you a while.

Materials Needed

  • Recoil Spring
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Vise
  • Drill
  • Drill Bits
  • Weed Eater 
  • Safety gloves
  • Safety glasses

Step 1 -  Extract the Old Spring

You will need to take out the old recoil starter spring before you can fit a new one. Do this by opening up the starter mechanism, and locating the spring. This may be screwed into place, or you may simply be able to remove it by using some needle nose pliers to pull it out. Take care when pulling out the spring that it does not slip out of place and hit you. It may be best to wear safety glasses while performing this part of the procedure, and also a pair of safety gloves which will keep your hands safe.

Step 2 - Wind up the New Spring

Wind your new spring around the metal cup in your weed eater. Do this in a counter-clockwise motion, until there is enough tension in the spring for it to start pulling at the starter rope. Fit the starter rope pulley around the spring as it winds, so they are both tense. You should then put your spring into a vise, keeping the tension on the spring pulley.

Step 3 - Drill Out

You can then start making holes in the pulley. Start by making a small hole into the pulley, and then out through the back of the retainer. You should then remove the drill, keeping the bit in the same place. Rotate 180 degrees, and do the same with a different drill bit. You will then have secured the pulley.

Step 4 - Finishing up

You can then push the spring out of the vise, and reinstall it into the cover. You can then push the other side of the spring back into the cover using the needle nose pliers. When you are drilling, make sure that you only drill through the pulley, and that you don't hit the spring by accident. You will also need to have the spring perfectly taut. If it is not taut enough, then all of the pulley drilling in the world will not secure the spring. If you find that the spring is not wound around the area tightly enough, then you will have to repeat the whole process.

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