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Old 06-27-2004, 04:40 PM
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dicharry dicharry is offline
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Poulan weedeater pull starter

I have a Poulan 1700A weedeater that runs like a scalded cat
but is tricky to start. When pulling the starter rope, the starter
ratchet may miss or partially catch the (dogs?).
One or two pulls may just spin the starter pulley- no engagement
or resistance as when spinning the crankshaft. On the next
pull or two the ratchet may partially catch and turn the engine
over one or two times. It's a hit or miss proposition, but after
several tugs I manage to get it started.
Is this a simple repair? Maybe just replacing the starter dog springs? Any help is greatly appreciated.

Don in Louisiana
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Old 06-28-2004, 09:56 PM
mudpie mudpie is offline
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take the pull cord houseing off and look at the pulley (teeth) if they are not worn look at the dogs and springs. the springs may be broke or the dogs worn or sticking. they should not be to hard to replace. the springs hold the dogs in aginst the pulley teeth when it not running
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