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Installed Impeller Kit, Ripcord stuck/Engine.. Craftsman

Welp, after painfully installed an impeller kit on my craftsman 536.886150, I went to go start it up.

The usually 3-4 pulls to get it started, but on the 5th pull the ripcord locked up.

Took the ripcord off, it isn't tangled as I hoped. The engine seems to have seized.

Baffling me how it could seize after installing this kit, it worked flawlessly on the last start up.

Without taking this bad part completely apart, any recommendations?

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The impeller kit shouldn't do that. Now, if the impeller kit is too tight to start with it could stall the engine when you engage the augers. If the belt is tight enough to always be turning the augers, then yes that is possible.

Sounds to me that you never even got far enough to engage the augers so if they never spun the impeller kit can't be your issue.

If you were tipping your machine while working on it it is possible you hydro locked it with either gas or oil in the cylinder. Take the spark plug out and see if that makes a difference. Be careful because if it is it will spray out the plug hole in your face.

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The impeller kit shouldn't do that. Now, if the impeller kit is too tight to start with it could stall the engine when you engage the augers. If the belt is tight enough to always be turning the augers, then yes that is possible.

Sounds to me that you never even got far enough to engage the augers so if they never spun the impeller kit can't be your issue.

If you were tipping your machine while working on it it is possible you hydro locked it with either gas or oil in the cylinder. Take the spark plug out and see if that makes a difference. Be careful because if it is it will spray out the plug hole in your face.
Oh we no doubt tipped, flipped the machine for days.

The kit doesn't look too tight, you can move the impeller by hand pretty easy. With the spark plug disconnected of course lol.

So lets assume it is hydro locked, what is the course of repair
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So lets assume it is hydro locked, what is the course of repair
Take the spark plug out, see if you can turn it over. If it does change the oil and put the plug back in.

If it doesn't free up take the engine apart. Sometimes you have to beat the piston down the cylinder with a hammer. Usually at this point the engine is ruined, but if it's got a cast iron sleeve you might get away with just a piston, rings, and a hone. If it happens to be an 8 - 11hp Tecumseh the new rings are different and require a new piston anyway and they come as a kit for next to nothing, $30 IIRC.

Next time use a fuel line pincher to prevent this from happening.
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