Model #358791071 Craftsman line trimmers/weedwackers, gas

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I have CRAFTSMAN weed wacker Model 358791071 pull start cord pulled out and will not return How do I remove the clutch base to replace the pull cord spring?


Thank you for your question.

I should be able to help you remove the clutch on the trimmer.

There are special tools for removing the clutch but often you can use a universal strap-style filter remover or something similar to grip the drum and spin it.

The drum is not on overly tight, it does not have to be since the thread direction means it would have to turn opposite the crankshaft direction for it to loosen, and most times it will come free fairly easily.

Some technicians just use a punch or cold chisel and tap it with a hammer, which will work provided you are experienced and careful enough not to damage or mark the surface in the process.

You may find that the engine simply turns over when you try to loosen the drum, in which case you can take some soft rope and feed it into the spark plug hole to prevent the piston moving to the top of the cylinder and returning down. If you did that and the drum still will not loosen, then this particular model crankshaft might turn in the opposite direction from standard and therefore have reverse threads to keep the drum on.

Typically that will be noted in the service information and I found nothing like that in this case, so the drum should loosen like any other. However, if it will not break loose relatively easily you might want to try spinning the drum opposite your initial attempts just in case.

If the assembly simply will not come apart, or you have other remaining concerns, feel free to reply below with more details.

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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
November 22, 2010

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