How to Fix Recoil Spring on a Weed Eater

As with any DIY project you decide to take on, it is very important you have experience. No experience? Read the manual and follow the step by step instructions that come with the DIY kit and you are good to go. Now, with the job of fixing a recoil spring on your weed eater, you will be surprised at the ease and simplicity that is required to do this. The experts indicate; you will need only 20 minutes to do this job!

Having a malfunctioning recoil spring on your weed eater is not a good thing, as your lawn or gardening plans are basically at a standstill until you get it working.

There are two reasons that may be the cause of your weed eater not starting that relates to the recoil spring.

  • You have loose tension because the recoil spring has slipped out of place
  • The recoil housing or pully has gone bad and is not able to deliver the tension needed for starting the weed eater

Whichever reason you may discover after investigating the recoil starter, you are able to fix with some carefully followed instructions. Your weed eater recoil starter may be from any of the brands manufactured but they basically follow the same principle for repair.

How to Fix the Recoil Spring

  1. Ensure you have a firm hold on the recoil housing as after putting tension on the pulley and spring it will snap back and cut your hand, so be careful
  2. Using a screwdriver carefully remove the cap from the recoil housing by unscrewing it from the pully that is attached to the starter housing
  3. Make sure after removal of the cap the spring recoils, if not, the part needs to be replaced
  4. Locate the knot in the cord and untie
  5. The cap will expose the defective parts in the recoil housing so these are the parts to be replaced
  6. Based on the direction the recoil housing had the cord coiled, recoil it in the opposite direction
  7. After replacing the defective parts and replacing the cord, reposition the pully in the recoil housing
  8. Holding the housing cap firmly make 5-6 turns which should tension the spring as needed
  9. Using the screwdriver secure the pulley in a taut position to prevent it from snapping out
  10. Replace the cap to the housing making sure you hold the pulley firmly
  11. Now the cap is in place, line up the matching holes on bottom and top and wind the cord securely in place
  12. Thread the cord through both holes and tie a single know at the end of the cord. If the secured knot is questionable, experience indicates you use some light crazy glue to prevent it getting loose
  13. Making sure the knot is free to move within the housing, secure the starter cord and ensure it is taut
  14. Now that the recoil starter is firmly in place, holding it securely, remove the screwdriver
  15. Pulling on the cord, gently allow it to be fed it into the starter

The recoil spring and starter is fixed and you may replace it into the weed eater. The instructions may appear tedious, however, with some practice, it will become easier. Time spent is just as rewarding as the garden work you will accomplish.