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QUESTION: I have an Earthquake Walk Behind Gas String Trimer which has a Bridggs and Stratton motor. The pullstart cord burst and in the process of replacing the cord, the recoil spring mechanism was removed in the process. I am unable to figure out how to get the recoil spring to function as it should.  How do I get the tension back?

ANSWER: Did you check You Tube for videos?

Since there are a few different starter styles for Briggs engines, search You Tube for "briggs and stratton starter spring" and see which video shows your starter.


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QUESTION: Searched You Tube and did not find anything which showed me how to reconfigure or reassemble the starter spring. HELP!?!?!? Please.

Did you watch the videos below:

The URLs above show how to remove the housing, drill out the rivets and replace the starter with a new one using screws.  The other video shows how to rebuild the starter.


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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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