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Article Breakdown

Removing the Starter Rope 1. Remove the rear cover. 2. Remove the carburetor. 3. Disconnect the clutch housing. 4. Bind the engine. 5. Remove the clutch drum. 6. Remove the clutch. 7. Remove the starter. 8. Remove the starter handle. 9. Remove the recoil pulley. 10. Remove the starter rope. Installing the New Starter Rope 11. Install the starter rope. Reassembling the Unit 12. Install the recoil pulley. 13. Install the starter handle. 14. Reinstall the starter. 15. Reinstall the clutch. 16. Reinstall the clutch drum. 17. Reinstall the spark plug. 18. Reinstall the clutch housing. 19. Reinstall the carburetor. 20. Reinstall the rear cover.

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Tools & Materials

Fix Factor: Easy Duration: 25-30 minutes Frequency: As necessary Tools Required: Receptacle for draining fuel, Phillip's screwdriver, ratchet and socket set, Torx drivers, starter rope (or similar object), spark plug wrench or socket, adjustable pliers, long-nosed pliers, shop rags Part #: 791-613103

How to Replace the Starter Rope on a Ryobi Trimmer

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Replacing the starter rope on a Ryobi trimmer The Facts

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The starter rope wraps around the starter pulley. The rope allows you to manually crank (pull) the engine to get it started. After years of use, the starter rope will weaken and break.

Installing a new starter rope is easy to do. However, the process can be a bit tense. That's because creating "tension" is the key to correctly installing the rope. Aside from that, it's a very simple repair to complete on your own; especially when you follow the steps below.

This article provides step-by-step instructions for removing and installing the starter rope on a Ryobi trimmer.

Let's get (your trimmer) started.

The Fix   REMOVING THE STARTER ROPE [top] 1. Remove the rear cover.

Remove the (4) screws from the rear cover.

Remove the rear cover screws

 

Remove the rear cover from the engine.

Remove the rear cover

 

  2. Remove the carburetor.

Drain any excess fuel from the fuel tank prior to servicing the carburetor or the fuel lines.

Drain the fuel before servicing

 

Remove the (2) screws from the carburetor assembly.

Remove the screws

 

Remove the choke plate and choke assembly from the carburetor.

Remove the choke assembly

 

Disconnect the throttle cable from the carburetor (this is accomplished using a lift-and-twist motion).

Remove the throttle cable

 

 

Remove the (2) fuel lines from the carburetor. These lines should pull away from the carburetor inlets relatively easily (by hand); however, small pliers may be used as necessary to disconnect the fuel lines from the carburetor.

Remove the fuel lines

 

Remove the carburetor from the engine.

Remove the carburetor

    3. Disconnect the clutch housing and upper shaft from the engine.

Remove the (4) screws from the clutch housing.

Remove the screws

 

Remove the clutch housing and upper shaft from the engine. (The throttle cable will also slide freely from the opening in the engine housing.)

Remove the clutch housing

 

  4. Bind the piston.

This step effectively binds the engine, which facilitates the removal of key components (described in subsequent steps).

Bind the engine

 

Disconnect the spark plug boot from the spark plug.

Pull the plug boot

 

Use a spark plug wrench (or socket) to loosen the spark plug.

Loosen the spark plug

 

Remove the spark plug from the engine.

Remove the spark plug

 

Insert the end of an old starter rope (or similar rope) into the engine cylinder (through the spark plug hole). Continue feeding the rope into the cylinder until the piston is unable to move.

Insert a rope into the cylinder

 

  5. Remove the clutch drum.

Loosen the internal screw on the clutch drum using a Phillip's screwdriver (loosen the screw until the clutch drum disengages the spindle; it is not necessary to remove the screw entirely).

Loosen the drum

 

Remove the clutch drum from the spindle.

Remove the drum

 

  6. Remove the clutch.

Cover the clutch assembly with a shop rag to prevent damage during removal.

Cover the clutch with a rag

 

Use adjustable pliers to loosen the clutch assembly.

Loosen the clutch

 

Remove the clutch assembly and the washer from the spindle.

Remove the clutch

 

  7. Remove the starter assembly.

Remove the (5) screws from the starter assembly. Four of the screws secure the starter to the engine; one screw secures the plastic base.

Remove the screws

 

Gently lift the starter assembly away from the engine. (At this point, the assembly will remain tethered to the engine via the primary ignition wire.)

Lift the starter away

 

Use long-nosed pliers to disconnect the ignition wire from the ignition.

Remove the ignition wire

 

Remove the starter assembly from the engine.

Remove the starter

 

  8. Remove starter handle.

Pull the starter handle (and rope) away from starter housing (approximately 8-10 inches).

Pull the handle out about 8 inches

 

Maintain tension on the starter rope (to prevent it from recoiling back into the housing), and slide the starter handle away from the knot at the end of the rope.

Slide handle away from the knot

 

Untie (or cut) the knot in the end of the starter rope.

Untie or cut the handle knot

 

Remove the starter handle from the starter rope.

Remove the handle from the rope

 

Release the starter rope into the starter housing (the spring should recoil, and the rope should vanish into the starter housing assembly).

Let the rope wind into the housing

 

  9. Remove the recoil pulley.

Safety Reminder: Do not complete this step until the tension in the spring has been released (as described in the previous step).

Beware the tension in the spring

 

Remove the (3) screws from the pulley retaining clips.

Remove the clip screws

 

Remove the pulley retaining clips.

Remove the retainer clips

 

Use a screwdriver to pry the retaining clip from the pulley spindle. The clip is non-reusable.

Pry the retainer off the post

 

Carefully lift the recoil pulley out of the starter housing. Be careful not to remove the coiled spring from the housing, or the spring will uncoil.

Remove the pulley from the housing

 

  10. Remove the starter rope.

Completely unwind the rope from the recoil pulley.

Unwind the starter rope

 

Use long-nosed pliers to retrieve the knotted portion of the rope from the center of the recoil pulley.

Pull the knot out of the pulley

 

Remove the starter rope from the recoil pulley.

Remove the rope from the pulley

 

  INSTALLING THE NEW STARTER ROPE [top] 11. Install the new starter rope onto the pulley.

Thread one end of the new starter rope through the opening in the center of the pulley.

Thread the rope through the hole

 

Tie a small knot in the end of the new starter rope.

Tie a knot in the end of the rope

 

Use pliers or a small screwdriver to tuck the knot into the channel on the pulley.

Tuck the knot into the pulley

 

  REASSEMBLING THE UNIT [top] 12. Reinstall the recoil pulley.

Install the recoil pulley into the starter housing, aligning the slot on the pulley with the tab on the spring.

Install the pulley; match the notches

 

Install the pulley retainer over the pulley. Use an over-sized socket to firmly press (seat) the retainer onto the spindle.

Install the retainer; secure it with a socket

 

Maintain a firm grip on the recoil pulley while rotating it in a clockwise direction. The starter rope must follow the rotation of the pulley (i.e. do not allow the rope to wrap around the pulley as you coil the spring).

Rotate the pulley clockwise

 

Continue winding the recoil pulley in a clockwise direction until it cannot be rotated any further. Be careful not to release the pulley during this step: doing so can result in injuries to your fingertips.

Rotate until it stops

 

Once the spring is fully tensioned; rotate the pulley in a counter-clockwise direction until the starter rope aligns with the eyelet in the housing.

Back the pulley up until the rope aligns with the eyelet

 

Keep pressure on the recoil pulley (to prevent it from uncoiling), and thread the end of the starter rope through the eyelet in the housing.

Pass the rope through the eyelet hole

 

Take up the slack in the rope (from the outside of the housing). Do not release the pulley yet.

Pull the rope through to take up the slack

 

Install the two metal pulley retaining clips and secure them with the screws.

Install the retainer clips

 

Install and secure the plastic pulley retaining clip onto the pulley. (Note that one side of the plastic clip is designed to fit smoothly over the eyelet.).

Replace the plastic retainer clip on the eyelet

 

Tie a temporary knot in the starter rope to prevent it from recoiling into the starter housing.

tie a temporary knot in the rope

 

  13. Install the starter handle.

Thread the end of the starter rope through the starter handle.

Install the handle

 

Tie a small knot in the end of the starter rope.

Tie a knot in the handle rope

 

Pull on the starter rope to seat the knot in the handle recess.

Seat the knot within the handle

 

Untie the temporary knot in the starter rope.

Untie the temporary knot

 

Slowly allow the starter rope to recoil into the starter housing.

Recoil the rope

 

  14. Reinstall the starter assembly.

Slide the spacer onto the crankshaft.

Install the spacer

 

Connect the ignition wire to the ignition coil.

Connect the ignition wire

 

Install the starter assembly onto the crankshaft; tuck the ignition wires into the channel on the starter housing as you perform this step.

Install the starter and tuck the wires

 

Align the starter assembly with the mounting holes on the engine.

Align the holes

 

Hold the starter assembly in place while pulling gently on the starter rope. This will engage the starter pawls and ensure proper alignment.

Pull the rope gently to engage the starter

 

Secure the starter assembly to the engine with the (4) screws.

Secure the starter

 

Install the plastic base.

Install the base

 

Secure the plastic base with the (1) screw.

Secure the base     15. Reinstall the clutch.

Install the clutch washer.

Install the washer

 

Thread the clutch onto the spindle until it is hand-tight.

Install the clutch

 

Place a shop rag over the clutch assembly to prevent damage during installation.

Cover the clutch with a rag

 

Use adjustable pliers to secure the clutch to the engine.

Secure the clutch with pliers

 

  16. Reinstall the clutch drum.

Install the small spacer washer onto the spindle.

Install the washer

 

Install the clutch drum onto the clutch.

Install the clutch drum

 

Secure the clutch drum to the spindle with the internal screw.

Secure the clutch drum

 

  17. Reinstall the spark plug.

Remove the binding (starter rope) from the cylinder.

Remove the rope from the cylinder

 

Install the spark plug into the cylinder.

Install the spark plug

 

Use a spark plug wrench (or socket) to secure the spark plug.

Tighten the spark plug

 

Replace the spark plug boot.

Replace the spark plug boot

    18. Reconnect the clutch housing and the upper shaft to the engine.

Thread the throttle cable through the engine housing and through the opening on the carburetor mounting assembly.

Thread the throttle cable into the housing

 

Reconnect the upper shaft and clutch drum housing to the engine.

Connect the shaft

 

Secure the upper shaft and clutch drum housing with the (4) screws.

Secure the shaft

 

  19. Reinstall the carburetor.

Install the carburetor gasket.

Install the gasket

 

Install the throttle cable onto the throttle linkage of the carburetor.

Connect the throttle cable

 

Install the incoming fuel line to the lower carburetor inlet.

Connect the lower fuel line

 

Install the (primer) fuel line to the upper carburetor inlet.

Connect the upper fuel line

 

Install the carburetor mounting screws onto the choke plate and lever.

Install the screws

 

Secure the carburetor (and choke plate) to the engine with the (2) screws. Note that the choke lever and the wavy washer must be properly aligned before tightening the upper screw.

Secure the carburetor

 

  20. Reinstall the rear cover.

Reinstall the rear cover onto the engine.

Install the rear cover

 

Secure the rear cover with the (4) screws.

Secure the rear cover

  The Finish

You don't have to leverage your savings to level your lawns. As you just learned, repairing your own equipment is easy when you follow our step-by-step guides. Not only did you restore trimmer functionality at a fraction of the cost of replacement; you have taken the edge off of future repairs, wherever you may find them.

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