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Pull start loose then self repaired ?

Yesterday, we had a pretty nice snowstorm which left about 16" on the ground in 12 hours.

My snowblower handled it with no problem, I just had to slow down so it could eat it all without pushing some in front of it. When I was done, everything but the engine had a coat of snow/ice on it.

Today, I wanted to go and remove what the plow left us at the start of our driveway.

The pull start was completely loose, no resistance. Luckily, it did wind back all the way. Tried 3 times, always the same thing.

I then used the electric starter and it started no problem. After doing what I had to do with it, I brought it in the heated garage instead of the usual unheated shed so I could take a look later. I tried the pull start, still loose.

When I got back in the garage an hour later, without doing anything the pull start works. The only difference is that now most of the snow & ice on it had melted down. I will leave it in the garage overnight so it can dry completely before returning it to the shed.

Could ice be the cause of this problem ?
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Yes. If you can brush the snow off the recoil-starter area when you finish, that might help avoid this in the future.

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Pull the cord, make a determination how much tension you have. This is where experience comes in. It may be prudent to wind it 1 or 2 turns. With a little more tension, it will retract stronger.

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When he said "completely loose, no resistance", I assumed that to mean that the cord could be *pulled* with no resistance. Not that it was loose, as in not fully retracting back into the starter housing.

But if I misinterpreted, and the cord isn't actually pulling back all the way into the housing, then I'd agree, more winds of tension on the starter spool might help.

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When you pull on the cord there are little spring loaded teeth that extended to engage the flywheel. Most likely they were frozen and that is why it was not working. When you moved it to the heated garage they thawed out and that explains why it is working again. I would not be too concerned with it as long as everything works properly now.

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Even if the cord it's pulling back into the housing all the way, it could lack the tension, strength, and winding it once or twice will strengthen the retraction. Sometimes when you pull the cord, the retraction isn't very strong, it doesn't go in fast enough, so I wind once or twice and it's fine. If there's any resistance because it's getting old, rusty, that one or two winds, it's all that's necessary to overcome this resistance.

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Frozen pawls crowns dogs... Call them what you want but a little thawing out and it'll work fine. Snow go t sucked in there, the engine heat melted it and then it froze. When it thawed it corrected itself.

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Thanks for the informations guys. Yes the cord did pull back all the way at a normal speed, it's just that when I pulled, there was about the same resistance (none) as when it pulls back.

Made another visit to the garage, all seems fine. By tomorrow, everything should be nice & dry and according to you, fixed.
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Thanks for the informations guys. Yes the cord did pull back all the way at a normal speed, it's just that when I pulled, there was about the same resistance (none) as when it pulls back.

Made another visit to the garage, all seems fine. By tomorrow, everything should be nice & dry and according to you, fixed.
I have the same problem with all three blowers I have with Tecumseh engines.When the starter freezes,I tap on it with my hammer that has nylon heads-that usually frees it.If not,less than a minute with a heat gun or hairdryer does the trick.
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