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Sears Craftsman Model 944 528397 Pull Cord Broke

The pull cord on my machined snapped and when I went to pull off the recoil housing to replace it I discovered that it is riveted to the engine cooling blower housing.

Can the rivets be drilled out and replaced with self tapping screws or am I compelled to take the blower assembly off to get at the back of the recoil to change the rope?

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You can drill the rivets, but you might have trouble re-attaching it. The cover is usually only 4 bolts, but sometimes the handlebars are so close you can't slide it over the flywheel without removing the engine or the handle.

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If you need to you can likely take it to a body shop and they can rivet it back on for you or pull the cover and bolt it back on depending on how much clearance you have.


You didn't ask but someone else searching might be looking for a how to so here's that: https://www.google.com/#q=donyboy73+...rd+replacement

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Oh yea, Harbor Freight sells rivet guns for like $5. They can be handy tools.

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Thanks. I think I will pull the cooling blower case and see rig up some studs on it. I will put on a good cord so I shouldn't need to change it again but just in case I do the second time should be more straight forward. I hope.......
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If you can pull the whole blower housing off without having to drill anything out or anything, which is most of the time if not always, then you're not supposed to drill out the rivets to get to just the flywheel. It would be faster anyway to just remove the blower housing.

REplacement cord I buy from home depot / lowes near the rope by the foot. Bring the old cord for reference. The hole in the flywheel is undersized for some reason they always make it smaller than it has to be and thus you have to use a thinner weaker rope but for like 9 cents a foot, you can get some really strong rope at home depot that is as good if not better than ordering the manufacturer part plus waiting for shipping.
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