Why Does the Pull Cord on My Gas Mower Slip?

I have a 22 inch Bolens pushmower I got at Lowe's last year. This year, the pull cord snapped and I had to replace it. While replacing the cord, I also took the blade off and sharpened it, and also changed the plug.


When I put the shroud back on and pulled the cord to start the mower, the flywheel only spins about half way around and stops. If I pull it easily, the cord will come all the way out and flywheel spins. When I pull hard to start it, it spins and stops. Nothing is blocking the blade, I do have the tank primed and the safety lever is squeezed.

Any ideas on why this happens?

By Doug from Springfield, IL

April 28, 20100 found this helpful

Take it back to Lowe's, good luck.

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May 1, 20100 found this helpful

Hi, I've been a small engine tech for about 20 years.

Just a couple of questions that may help me help you.

1. Is this a Briggs and stratton Engine?

2. Did you rewind the recoil spring before installing the rope?

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