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Chipper/shredder starter and carburetor repair

I have a Sears model 987.799931 chipper/shredder, with engine model 143.961005. Two problems: 1) the motor is not starting. I've replaced the spark plug, oil, air filter, and fuel. The engine tried to start after I sprayed some cleaner in, but only briefly. At this point, I'm pretty sure that the problem is in the carburetor. Is this something I can repair or replace myself? Please send instructions if this is doable.

2) my recoil starter rope just broke. I have recoil starter number 590704. The rope in this particular starter is held in place by a staple rather than a knot. I can't get it out, or I'd just replace the cord. Any way around buying a whole new starter?

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Hi daaavid,

I see that you addressed this issue in a previous post. The expert may not have seen your reply yet. With the additional information you provided I am sure there will be an answer soon. Good luck.
by Manage My Life
June 25th, 2010
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