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hey Dwayne I'm john and I think we can solve this issue pretty easy. when you pull the recoil rope there are "dogs" that come out and grab the flywheel. If you remove the recoil assembly you will probably find some debris in there that is preventing the dogs from catching. clean and lube and you should be in good shape
good luck and please write back if you need further assistance
ok sorry for the delay. do you need to tear down any further? when you pull the recoil can you see where the mechanical arms grab your flywheel?
to answer your question... yes it is completely safe to put a piece of rope in the cylinder to keep it from turning
here is a little more detailed link. yes what you refered to is the clutch assembly...but I don't thinkyou need to go that far. the clutch assembly only comes into play when the engine is running. look closer at where your recoil assembly attaches to the engine shaft
he Dwayne were you able to tear your trimmer down any farther?