This DIY repair guide explains how to replace the recoil starter on a log splitter. The recoil starter spins the crankshaft to start the engine when you pull the starter rope, and the rope retracts when you release it. If the recoil starter is locked-up when you pull the rope or if the rope won’t retract, replace the recoil starter with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.
This repair procedure works for replacing the recoil starter on Craftsman and MTD log splitters.
Disconnect the spark plug wire
Disconnect the spark wire so there's no chance that the log splitter engine could accidentally start.
Disconnect the spark plug wire.
Remove the mounting nuts
Use a wrench to remove the 3 nuts that secure the starter recoil assembly to the engine.
Remove the recoil starter mounting nuts.
Remove the recoil starter assembly
Pull the recoil starter assembly off the 3 threaded posts.
Pull the recoil starter off of the log splitter.
Install the new recoil starter assembly
Position the new recoil starter assembly over the 3 threaded posts and reinstall the mounting nuts.
Tighten the nuts firmly.
Reinstall the recoil starter mounting nuts.
Reconnect the spark plug wire
Connect the spark plug wire to the spark plug.
Reconnect the spark plug.
Test the new recoil starter
Pull the recoil starter rope to test the recoil starter operation.
The recoil starter spins the engine on the log splitter when you pull the starter rope, and the rope retracts when released. If the recoil starter assembly is broken, follow the steps in this repair guide to replace it.
The carburetor mixes air and gas before the fuel mix goes to the engine. If the engine won't start and the spark plug is getting spark, the carburetor is likely the problem.
This chart can help you find the right carburetor kit for your Craftsman snowblower, tiller or log splitter.
This chart will help you find the right carburetor for your Craftsman snowblower, tiller or log splitter.