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I just noticed that the pull start isn't retracted on my 2005 honda rancher 350 4X4. It was apparently like this when I bought it, but to be honest I didn't even know it had a pull start. Anyway, can anyone tell me how to fix this problem? Thanks.
 

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It probably needs rewound.
 

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your gonna have to take it off..in order to rewind the tension spring..after you get it off..take the inside of where the rope comes through the rope hole..look on the rope wheel's edge..you should see a knotch in it..pull the rope up against the edge..while holding it to the edge..wind it clockwise..this puts tension on the recoil spring..after about 3 or 4 turns..line the rope up with the spot where it comes through the inside of the rope hole..pull all the slack from the handle ..then let go of the inside where it comes through..it should pull all of the rope back in..if it doesn't..repeat the process..until you got all the slack out.
 

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I would bet that the spring or something is broke in it.
 

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he'll find out after a few turns if it's a broken spring..if it don't get any tension on it after a few turns..he needs to tear it all the way down..in order to get to the spring..which..is on the bottom of the recoil...first time i ever took one apart...i thought..hey..this is easy !!..wrong !!!!!!!..lmfao..well..taking it apart was easy..putting it back together was a pain !!!..not that i had issues with it going all back together..it was the spring that was a b__ch !..sooo..after it unwinding into my face..lmao..i sat there..trying to figure out a easy way to wind it..without taking my head off..lol..well..i went and got my wire welder..tacked the hook part that hooks on the knotch....now..i had two hands to wind it inside without it comming out in my face again..soo....thats a tip for all of you that has a hard time rewinding the recoil spring .
 

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if they are anything close to the Briggs and Stratton. recoil starter cords they are not fun at all I remember working at a rental store I had to re tension those coils on many pieces of equipment. you will never forget the first time I guarantee. expect that it will come loose in your hands followed by swearing and cursing. the learning curve is quick. after you done the first two. you become a bom (b) expert. I reccommend a face shield or goggles at the least!
 

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if they are anything close to the Briggs and Stratton. recoil starter cords they are not fun at all I remember working at a rental store I had to re tension those coils on many pieces of equipment. you will never forget the first time I guarantee. expect that it will come loose in your hands followed by swearing and cursing. the learning curve is quick. after you done the first two. you become a bom (b) expert. I reccommend a face shield or goggles at the least!
lmfao..thats what i was saying naplestan..if they come out..you better duck !..lmfaooo..i learned this the hard way...lmfao.
 

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Rewinding isn't that bad.
 

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Rewinding isn't that bad.
No, after you do a few of them, it gets easy. There are a few little tricks you can learn to make it easier.
 

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you have to take assembly apart including rope and rewind pulley clockwise. you will notice tension after 1st turn. turn 4 to 5 times and hold with a c clamp and slide rope back in and tie knot. then put handle on and tie. remove c clamp and gently with tension let the rope go back in. its not too bad to fix.
 
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