OWW! Sounds like a stupid issue, but it's getting really old, really fast.... We have a Honda 13hp commercial walkbehind unit with the snowblower attachment: on it's second motor, around 2 years. Been running it as a mower and a snowblower: slick setup. We usually do our own repairs - husband is no stranger to small engines, but this one has got us - and it HURTS. (When I say we - I hand him the wrenches and thread tiny carburator screws back in... ) This machine is usually an easy start, 2 pulls and it's going no matter how cold it is (Love that synthetic oil). Recently it doesn't pull smoothly some of the time - catches randomly - feels like the engine is resisting, not the recoil assembly though. Once it's running it's fine. Even more recently, at random moments it will rip the recoil handle out of your hand: if you're holding loosely it feels like your fingers got ripped off, and if you hold tight it feels like your wrist just got broken... It will fire up for a few seconds sometimes, but it can't seem to stay running long enough to settle out; in my opinion because it is being pulled to many times and either the choke isn't where it wants/needs anymore, or it's half flooded at that point. Leaving it 'til the next day hasn't helped - it's been dead on the trailer for several days, resisting multiple attempts to fire it up. Problem being no one want to pull that damn rope anymore. Wondering if the recoil isn't releasing correctly at these times or if there is another explanation. Recoil assembly was taken off, and lubricated with graphite - it seemed in fine working order either way. Any ideas? Thanks!