May 1, 2013

How to replace a tiller recoil starter

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a tiller recoil starter

This DIY repair guide explains how to replace the recoil starter on a tiller. The recoil starter spins the crankshaft to start the engine when you pull the rope, and the rope retracts when you release it. If the recoil starter doesn't engage or if the starter rope doesn't retract, replace the recoil starter with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

This basic procedure works for Craftsman, MTD, Husqvarna, Cub Cadet and Poulan tillers.

Quick links
Tools required
Wrench set
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less

Instructions

01.

Disconnect the spark plug wire

Pull the spark plug wire straight up and off the plug.

02.

Remove the mounting nuts

Use an 8-mm wrench to remove the 3 nuts that secure the starter recoil assembly to the engine.

Remove the nuts holding the starter to the tiller engine.

Remove the nuts holding the starter to the tiller engine.

03.

Remove the recoil starter assembly

Pull the recoil starter assembly off of the 3 threaded posts.

Pull the recoil starter off the tiller.

Pull the recoil starter off the tiller.

04.

Install the new recoil starter assembly

Position the new recoil starter assembly over the 3 threaded posts and reinstall the mounting nuts.

Tighten the mounting nuts firmly.

05.

Reconnect spark plug wire

Connect the spark plug wire to the spark plug.

Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.
Symptoms common to all tillers

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Main causes: carburetor failure, bad gasoline, dirty spark plug, broken recoil starter
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Main causes: broken shaft clevis pins, transmission failure
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May 1, 2013
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a tiller recoil starter

The recoil starter spins the engine 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.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
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