Beginning a chain saw requires you to pull securely and quickly on the cord to engage the engine. After the cord is loose, nevertheless, it can create starting the chain hard. A loose cord might also permit the starter handle to dangle in a manner that causes it to get on your way while operating the chain saw. Since replacing or repairing a loose cord is not a major repair, feel free to tackle the job yourself.
Loose Cord Causes
Advanced age in the series saw and regular use are often enough to noticeably loosen a starter cord. A faulty inner spring at the recoil mechanism or a frayed or stretched string are other triggers. It’s likely nothing you have done; a loose starter cord is merely something that occurs over time. Drop-starting the chain saw, an dangerous beginning method in which the consumer permits the chain saw to drop rapidly while pulling on the starter cord, may create the cord to loosen. Never use this way of starting the chain saw under any circumstances. It’s hard on the chain saw and is possibly fatal to you.
Obtaining the Starter Cord
For the bottom of the cause of a loose starter cord, you’ll have to detach the housing that holds the starter cord in place on the face of the chain saw. Use the proper type of screwdriver, normally a flat-head or Phillips-head model, to remove the screws that attach the housing to the chain saw. Inside the housing, you’ll find a spool about which the starter cord is wound. The spool contains a spring that tightens as you pull on the cord.
A Simple Fix
Generally, a loose cord only needs to be rewound around the exterior of this spool. To rewind the spring, hold the starter housing face up on your left hand and allow the starter cord and attached handle dangle under it. Slide the tip of a screwdriver under the section of the cord that is within the housing at which emerges from the spool. Pull up the cord and wind it around the spool a couple of times to tighten it. Examine the tautness of the starter cord by giving it two or three pulls and ensure that it retracts completely because it did when it was fresh. Then, reattach the housing to the side of the chain saw.
When the simple fix does not work and the inner spring seems to be the issue, it is time to make a decision. Many experts advise having the spool serviced by a professional in this scenario, particularly when you’re not knowledgeable about disassembling and reassembling the starter unit that contains a possibly injurious spring. Should you make the decision to make this repair yourself, wear safety goggles to reduce your chance of injury in the event the pressurized spring hurtles out of the unit at a higher rate of speed.