the other day, my guy ran over the pull cord, and shredded it. at the same time he did this, the throttle on the mower went up as high as it could. i ran over to shut it down before the motor blew. the cord got pulled around the crank barrel, and put a hair line crack in it. so I replace the barrel, and pull cord myself, and give it start, wasn't sure what the throttle was going to do. it runs high immediately, then rips the cord out of my hand and shreds the new one. so i drop it off at my "dealer", thinking, new cord, new starter pieces, carb adjustment, no big deal. they call me today and tell me its not worth fixing. i should look into a new one. I go down in person to have a look at it. the mechanic in back said, it runs good, just needs some carb work and starter. the guy behind the counter starts picking apart my mower saying its going to need this and that. ( i was waiting for him to say the paint is chipped, we gotta repaint it). so as Of right now for what i told them to fix, its gonna cost me about $400!! i was thiking $120 when i dropped it off. but what would the cord wrapping around the crank have to do with the carb?? it runs good, but picture flooring your car in park.... add this to my "having a bad week thread...."