I have an Arians snowblower (5HP) powered by a Tecumseh engine, horizontal
shaft. The starter (rewind) cord looks like it is on its last leg and I'd
like to change it before if fails. It's in a housing on the rear of the
engine (facing the back of the blower). I don't see an obvious way to get
the housing that holds the rope and rewind pulley off. The Tecumseh site
does not contain any instructions or parts list that shows this information.
Has anyone gone through procedure before?
You have to remove the whole cover not just the rewind housing. This is done by
removing usually a couple of bolts on the engine head and two at about 7 and
5 o'clock as you face the housing. The housing should slide right off. When you
have it off turn it over and pull the rope to the end of its limit hold the
plastic pulley from rewinding and remove the old rope. Tighten the spring to
the end of it's limit and back off 3/4's of a turn until the hole for the rope
lines up with hole in housing. It takes a bit of force to keep the plastic
housing from unwinding. Tie a figure eight knot or double granny on one end of
the new piece of rope feed it down thru plastic pulley and thru hole ih
housing and pull it until the rope is seated in the notch provided for it.
Then slowly release the rope being careful not to lose it when you get close to
the end fasten the handle on and your good to go.
Thanks a lot. Will give it a good look tomorrow. Don't want to disturb
anything just yet so long as it's working. Our city was just blessed with
the having the largest snow fall in the state this weekend. Officially, we
had 36 inches, but when you look at the drifts and snow banks it's something
else. The snow on my back porch ended up more than half way up the kitchen
Wow 36" you must be in New England as I am We got 26 inches in Southeastern
A lot of people make the mistake of removing the pully and spring from the
housing. This is only needed for spring replacement. The new springs come
prewound and are easy to install but if you let an old spring unwind on you it
is a true test of patience to get it back in although it can be done.
it's a tecumseh engine, there are no tabs like a briggs. just wind
it up back it off and put the new rope through the spring will suck it
as for the briggs starters, put the end of the spring through the
hole into the pulley, crimp the tabs and wind the spring in, shouldn't
take more than 10 minutes for any starter repair.
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