Yes i only removed the recoil unit from the engine and rewound the rope as per the video. I did not disassemble anything.
I wasnt thinking several months back that once i ripped the starter cord i tossed the ripped end away. Once i removed the old cord i wasnt sure the exact length so i purchased a new cord that is 6 feet long. It appears slightly smaller in thickness to the old rope though however my local Hully Gully reps said it will do fine for the snowblower.
I lubed the recoil unit with ATF+4 fluid like the video shows. When i go to pull on the rope, the recoil seems fine. Smooth in and out. Once i attach it back to the engine the 6' rope is dangling out the hole but ONLY because i'm in the test phase -- i will cut it appropriately and add the handle when all is fine. I pull the rope slightly until i feel a tug, give it some slack, then attempt to pull quickly out, the pulling out is not smooth, that is, i get a bit of a tug back on the line. And the time when it is smooth coming out (no tug back) it sounds like the starter coil didnt have enough spin (almost like a quarter turn as opposed to a full or more turns).
I will try this all again to give a proper explanation.
Thanks so much guys for bearing with me on this.
Originally Posted by Shryp
The number of turns you wind it is only so it will retract itself fully when you release it. There is a spring in there that can break if you wind it too tight, so you only want it wound just tight enough so the handle meets the recoil and doesn't flop around.
Did you maybe use the wrong size rope and it is too tight in the recoil? Or maybe the rope was thicker and you didn't get as long of a piece as the old one?
Did you make sure you put everything back together properly? I am not sure if you took the recoil apart once you had it off the engine or if you wound it back up with everything still together.
Your old one does look pretty rusty. Did you put any kind of oil on the moving parts?