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Pull cord locked

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by fishwelch, Apr 17, 2006.

  1. fishwelch

    fishwelch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I have a Poulan featherlite weedeater that won't let me pull the cord at all. It's completely locked up. I thought maybe it was flooded, so I emptied all the gas/oil, but still no luck. HELP!!!
  2. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    Open dumpster lid, toss unit in, close dumpster lid, drive to Wal-Mart, spend $59.65 on a new FeatherLite trimmer.

    You're welcome.
  3. oldrustycars

    oldrustycars LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    throw it as far as you can. this will not fix it, but will make you feel better. then buy a new proper trimmer.
  4. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    Agreed. if its poulan, its CRAP. I know from experience on this. had one myself, worst investment I ever made.
  5. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    That was a easy fix....:laugh: :laugh: :drinkup:
  6. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Remove the spark plug from cylinder, empty all gas if any inside the cylinder. Spray WD-40 into the cylinder, let sit for 2 minutes then take a hammer with screwdriver or punch and hit the top of the piston until if frees.

    If this doesnt solve it, buy a new one. A poulan isnt worth replacing the jug&piston on.
  7. Partsangel

    Partsangel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    sometimes things get lost in the Translation... but thats what I read :)

    Mike AKA Partsangel
  8. lucforce

    lucforce LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    Sounds like a waste of perfectly good WD-40
  9. Dweezil

    Dweezil LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    If your mechaincaly inclined, make sure the recoil pully diden't break and let the starter rope get tangled on the inside. Even more common is the rope just jumps off the pully and jams up inside the cover. Other than that, if you have to pay to have it repaired it's probebly going to cost more in labor than the machine is worth.
  10. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    I'm just wondering, Even if he does get it freed up how long will it run before it locks up again. ?

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