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Replace pull rope - starter for Craftsman snowblower model 536.881800

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
February 16th, 2011

Replace pull rope - starter for Craftsman snowblower model 536.881800

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Craftsman , Electric Snowblowers , Snow Removal Equipment
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Since the starter is held in place with rivets, it will likely be a lot easier to just remove that shroud (the engine shroud) from the engine. The reason I say that is because if you drill out the rivets, you will have to take that shroud off anyway. There should really be no reason to remove the starter from the engine shroud if you're just replacing the rope. If you are going to replace the whole starter assembly, the new starter will come with screws to hold the starter to the engine shroud. I think those rivets can be drilled out with an 11/32 and then tapped out with a punch.
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February 16th, 2011
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Looks like I only need to drill out the rivets to remove the shroud covering the rope. Please advise drill size that I should use and replacement screws - type, size, and length.

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Dave
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February 15th, 2011
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Looks like I only need to drill out the rivets to remove the shroud covering the rope. Please advise drill size that I should use and replacement screws - type, size and length.

Thanks,
Dave
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February 15th, 2011
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Look at the area around the starter on the engine. If there are screws that hold the starter onto the shroud you can unscrew them and remove the starter from the housing and work it immediately. If there are rivets, you will need to remove the entire engine shroud from the engine and drill out the rivets to remove the starter. If you have to remove the shroud you shouldn't have to actually remove the starter from the shroud unless there is damage to the starter itself. By that, I mean to say that if the problem is simply a broken pull cord, you only need to remove the shroud and leave the starter attached to it.

Winding the new cord is simple enough. Grab the center of the starter and spin it to put tension on it. You want to turn that until it gets pretty hard to turn, but do not force it. Once you have it tensioned up, put a screwdriver thru the fins to keep it from unwinding as you will need to hands. Once you have it blocked feed the new rope in from the outside and through the hole in the starter rope pulley and tie it off securely. Then hold the string and remove the screwdriver. Allow the starter to slowly wind the cord up onto itself. When it stops pulling the rope in or when you run out of rope, pull about 6 inches out and then clip the rope and tie the handle in place. Then put the starter back on the shroud or the shroud back onto the engine (depending on which you did).

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February 14th, 2011
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Spring is around the corner and hopefully the snow blowers and their owners will get a break. In the meantime, I located a similar question form a previous expert for the pull rope. The model is a bit different but the information provided brings us to the second link below which is how to replace the entire recoil on your model machine. This may help while you wait for the expert to review and answer. The third link to Sears Parts Direct offers the schematics and parts if needed. Hope this helps!
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February 13th, 2011
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