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I sent in a question an hour ago and was told 8 minutes for a response. Still no answer. The question was transferred from small engines to small appliances.To be less succinct, I have a Briggs & Stratton model(###) ###-####8 engine on a DR lawn vacuum. When I pulled on the engine's starter rope, the rope would not retract. I replaced the friction plate and the ratchet pawls. One of the pawls will not retract so the starter rope will not retract either. What do I need to do to get both pawls to retract?
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago

Have you removed your rope recoil assembly from your engine?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
No phone call, just typing, please. Easier to double check again
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago

Thanks for your response. The phone call is only optional, and is not needed for you and I. Check to see if the spring is broken or missing on the side that is not retracting.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
It'll take a few minutes. The spring is intact.
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
The spring is intact.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago

Thank you for checking. Can you move the pawl back and forth by hand? I am referring to the one you are experiencing problems with.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Yah, the pawls move freely.
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I may have found why a pawl was not retracting. But... I think the pawls are not coming out far enough. When I pull the cord, it is very jerky.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago

You stated that your pawls are not coming out far enough. Are your new pawls the correct ones?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I got the part number from partstree.com, but picked up the pawls at a local shop. As far as I know, they are correct.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago

Based upon the date code of your engine, I believe there are two different sets of ratchet pawls.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago

Can you get the code numbers from your engine?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
According to the number on the cowling, it is 1220 37 0129 B8
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago

Ok, those numbers are your model and type numbers. There should also be some code numbers on your engine.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I just checked at parts tree and I did get the correct pawls.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago

Thank you for checking.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
The pawls only come out around 30 degrees.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago

Video - Click Here

Please take a look at the short video above.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago

Let me know if this is similar to your assembly ...

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
OK....
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I dropped the 2 pawls on the receivers and put the friction plate on over them.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago

When moving your pawls by hand, when they come around beyond 30 degrees?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Are you still there?
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago

Yes, I am here. Did you see my last post?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
If you are referring to can I move the pawls by hand more than 30 degrees, the answer for S yes.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago

Ok, but when you pull your rope, your pawls will not come around beyond 30 degrees?

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago

Based upon what you and I have covered so far, you have correctly reassembled your parts.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago

I cannot think of anything you have missed.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
what do I do now?
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago

If you like, I can opt out and give another tech an opportunity to assist you, in case I am missing something.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Let's just call it quits. I'll go to a repair shop tomorrow and see what they'll do.Thanks!
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago

Here is another option for you.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago

You are very welcome! I do hope all goes well for you.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 5 months ago

Replacing the assembly will cost less than the labor charge at most local repair shops. Just a thought.

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