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I'm trying to repair a Craftsman 2 cycle mini tiller model 316.292640 I've removed the clutch and got the starter housing off, but can not locate anything that will show how the incredi pull starter works. The rope is just stuck out, not broken. It will recoil, but as soon as its pulled all the way out, it stays out. Recoils when you use a small screwdriver and push against the starter pulley. How can I get it apart and possibly wind the spring tighter? Thank you in advance.


Check You Tube for "rewind a Starter Pull Rope Recoil Spring" or "string trimmer starter rewind".  There are lots of videos with good tips.

Your tiller is made by MTD.  You can search for MTD or Troybilt trimmer starter sting rewind as well.

Inspect you starter pulley carefully and make sure it is not warped.


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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.

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