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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

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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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