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Why is my string trimmer hard to pull when starting?
by Manage My Life 
May 5th, 2008
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It could be worn components causing drag, but typically that will cause constant drag and not intermittently as you noted here.

It sounds more like a misfire issue. That could be due to the timing being off for some reason, possibly a loose or mis-positioned coil or a damaged flywheel key that allows the flywheel to position in the wrong spot.

The engine also could misfire due to poor or contaminated fuel or an air-leak or carburetor issue. And if the cylinder or crank were worn they could also create issues with starting.

Another possible problem area could be too much back-pressure caused by a partly plugged exhaust. That can happen over time on 2-cycle exhausts as the unburned residue from the premix oil collects in the muffler and can eventually cause restrictions.

Checking the parts illustration in your

Owner's Manual

or at the

Sears PartsDirect

site will give you some idea of how all the components fit together and some of the potential problem areas.
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May 9th, 2008
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string trimmer hard to start
by Manage My Life 
November 9th, 2011
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It really sounds like the choke isn't closing off all the way. Remove the air filter and then operate the choke. As you move the choke lever notice is the hole is closing up completely or not. You can also have someone put their thumb over the hole while you try to start it and see if it starts up sooner. If so then it is certainly going to be a choke problem.

Some other things to have a look at will be the fuel lines, make sure they are not pinched or cracked. Check the screws under the air filter that hold the carburetor on; if they're not tight you can have these problems.

Also, (this is a very long shot) if your gas is suspect at all, empty it out and try some different gas. I have seen old gas work fine once the machine is running but have real problems starting with it.

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November 10th, 2011
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Can't pull string cord on Homelite Trimmer UT20002A
by Manage My Life 
April 30th, 2011
Tags: Lawn Mowers
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You should be able to turn the flywheel on the engine fairly easily. If you can only rotate the flywheel 1/8 turn, something is wrong inside the engine.

Remove the spark plug in case the cylinder has filled with gas. If you can't rotate the flywheel with the spark plug removed, the engine has something broken inside.

If this is the case, I would replace the trimmer.

You can go to

Sears.com

to shop features and prices.
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May 2nd, 2011
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How do I fix the pull string on my 27cc lawn trimmer
by Manage My Life 
September 3rd, 2011
Mark T
.

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem the trimmer. Replacing string can be difficult. The reason is you have to remove the starter from the engine. It is secured with four screws. Once it is removed take the rest of the old rope. Then turn the pulley to wind the spring. Once it is wound, hold the pulley with one hand and feed the new rope into the pulley with the other. Then secure the end of the rope to the pulley. After you have the rope is secured, slowly release the pulley to wind the rope. Do not let go of the rope yet you have to tie the handle on the end of the rope. I recommend replacing the whole starter. It is part number 753-06282 and can be ordered from our part website:

Sears Parts Direct

. The part cost is $9.00 and will come assembled.

Click

here

to watch a video on how to replace the starter.

Please let me know if you need further assistance.

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September 5th, 2011
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string trimmer
by Manage My Life 
February 13th, 2013
Tags: Lawn Mowers
Jerry C
Good to hear Dan, please let me know if you would like any further assistance. Thank you for using managemylife.com and be sure to return for your future needs!



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February 18th, 2013
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The pull string on my Troy Bilt string trimmer does not recoil all the way. Do I need just a new starter?
by Manage My Life 
March 27th, 2010
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You need to take the starter off the trimmer and check the starter rope, starter pulley, and the starter spring.

Most of the time the rope causes the problem, but it could be the pulley or spring as well.
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March 29th, 2010
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19.2 volt Craftsman string trimmer might have a bad switch. It is hard to start and stops while running. Battery is good
by Manage My Life 
July 12th, 2013
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That does sound like a bad switch on your trimmer. Unfortunately, it looks like the manufacturer does not offer the switch as a replacement part. You may be able to remove it and find a suitable replacement from an electrical supply store in your area though.





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July 13th, 2013
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Craftsman trimmer model 316.791890 suddenly stopped working. Now starter string won't pull. Could the engine be seized?
by Manage My Life 
March 23rd, 2012
Mark T
Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the trimmer. It sounds like the engine seized for some reason. To verify this, I recommend removing the spark plug. Then try to pull the rope. If the rope still will not pull out, I recommend removing the clutch. I have found a video that shows the basic steps for removing the clutch. Click

here

to watch the video. Once you have the clutch removed, see if the starter rope will come out. If you can pull the rope out, the engine is seized. Usually the cost to repair this type of problem exceeds the value of the trimmer. Most of the new trimmers are compatible with the old attachments. Just take one of your attachments to the store with you if you decide to purchase a new trimmer.

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by Mark T
March 26th, 2012
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I have a string trimmer that the pull cord broke and can not figure out how to get at it to replace it.
by Manage My Life 
May 5th, 2012
Tags: Lawn Mowers
Jerry C
Hello,

The front end of your trimmer will need to be disassembled. I have included a diagram at the end of this message and

here

is a link to a video of a different model and brand, but the same concept. One point to note is that you will need an actual Torx screw driver to remove the clutch assembly.

Sears Parts Direct

is a direct link to parts for your trimmer.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services

.

I look forward to providing further assistance,

Jerry C.
by Jerry C
May 8th, 2012
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I need to replace the starter rope on a string trimmer model 316.791860, incredi-pull.
by Manage My Life 
March 20th, 2010
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There is a torx screw in the center of the clutch housing (where the drive cable connects) you have to remove. This screw goes into a threaded hole in the end of the engine crankshaft. Rope in the cylinder will jam the engine for removing the screw. Try your torx bits again. The bits might not be long enough or some sizes are missing.

When you get the torx screw removed, you can access the starter pulley and rope. You can't get there through the carburetor end of the engine.
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March 22nd, 2010
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