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 tiller part.
This basic procedure works for Craftsman, MTD, Husqvarna, Cub Cadet and Poulan tillers.
Disconnect the spark plug wire
Pull the spark plug wire straight up and off the plug.
Remove the mounting nuts
Use an 8-mm wrench to remove the 3 nuts that secure the starter recoil assembly to the engine.
PHOTO: Remove the nuts holding the starter to the tiller engine.
Remove the recoil starter assembly
Pull the recoil starter assembly off of the 3 threaded posts.
PHOTO: Pull the recoil starter off the tiller.
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.
Reconnect spark plug wire
Connect the spark plug wire to the spark plug.
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