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Will Cover
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Pull start recoil for pressure washer
My rope snapped on my pressure washer this weekend when I tried to start it.

It's a Yamaha PW3028B. I've looked on Yamaha's website and I am unable to find the OEM replacement part.

I'm assuming an aftermarket part will be fine? I mean, it's a rope, right? Anything to watch out for?



Speckhound
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re: Pull start recoil for pressure washer
Just find one with the same diameter. They have several available. Don't get one any bigger or you'll have issues.


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re: Pull start recoil for pressure washer
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it's a rope, right?


Yep. Just get some more rope


Will Cover
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re: Pull start recoil for pressure washer
Thank you, going to search again.


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BiggerBear
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re: Pull start recoil for pressure washer
3/16" diamond braid nylon rope in the hardware section of Wal Mart works just fine.


weadjust
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re: Pull start recoil for pressure washer
Watch some how to youtubes. That recoil spring can be a pain in the ass
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baldona
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re: Pull start recoil for pressure washer
A lot of times you don't just replace the rope, you replace the entire starter recoil mechanism.

I'd check your model again, they are like $15-20 usually.


BiggerBear
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re: Pull start recoil for pressure washer
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A lot of times you don't just replace the rope, you replace the entire starter recoil mechanism.


If the rope broke when he pulled it, it is very unlikely that he needs to do anything but replace the rope. On my Yamaha, the hardest thing is to put the spring back into the spool. Once that is done, the rest is fairly easy.


baldona
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If the rope broke when he pulled it, it is very unlikely that he needs to do anything but replace the rope. On my Yamaha, the hardest thing is to put the spring back into the spool. Once that is done, the rest is fairly easy.




I get that, but what I’m saying is I broke my pull on my toro mower and it was $15 and 3-4 screws to just replace the entire recoil pack, so that was new springs and everything. Took all of 2 minutes. I believe that was the only option, they didn’t sell the rope for it as a part. Now certainly you can diy, I was just letting the OP know that the OEM replacement part may be to replace the entire thing. It’s not expensive.


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re: Pull start recoil for pressure washer
I used weed eater cord as the rope on my blower earlier this summer when my rope broke. Could not find any rope handy, and did not feel like running to the store. yes the recoil spring can be a pain.


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VernonPLSUfan
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re: Pull start recoil for pressure washer
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Pull start recoil for pressure washer
A lot of times you don't just replace the rope, you replace the entire starter recoil mechanism.

I'd check your model again, they are like $15-20 usually
Did this on a generator after laura, $18.00 and some change. Easy peasy if it fits.


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Fat Batman
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re: Pull start recoil for pressure washer
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I believe that was the only option, they didn’t sell the rope for it as a part.


Option number 1 would have been to just replace the rope. Not surprising there was no part number for the rope, because you can get some at any hardware store and should not have to order it from the OEM. Sure you could replace the whole recoil starter if the rope breaks, but it is certainly not necessary much less the only option.


baldona
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Option number 1 would have been to just replace the rope. Not surprising there was no part number for the rope, because you can get some at any hardware store and should not have to order it from the OEM. Sure you could replace the whole recoil starter if the rope breaks, but it is certainly not necessary much less the only option.


You seem like you know about as much about small engines as I do, so I'm not sure why you are shiting on it so much. If you replace the rope it needs to be somewhat in spec with the right diameter, the right length, and then the hastle of making sure its put on there properly.

Or for $15 you can replace the entire thing and have new springs and it back to as new condition. I really don't understand the knock on this, its not like I told the OP to throw a $50 or $100 part on there.

ETA: FWIW when mine broke I just googled a new cord and the recoil pack is what came up. So it seemed like this is fairly routine.
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Fat Batman
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You seem like you know about as much about small engines as I do, so I'm not sure why you are shiting on it so much.


I've posted once ITT. I don't claim to be a small engine expert by any means, but I would certainly rank myself above someone who thinks it is common practice to replace the whole recoil starter assembly to remedy a snapped rope. It takes one extra minute versus complete replacement to unwind the recoil starter, install the new rope, and let it wind itself back up. It's also a fix you can do pretty much immediately without having to research and wait for a part to arrive and is less wasteful than trashing completely good components because an easily replaced wear item wore out. It's not about $15 versus $5. Hell, I would pay $15 for the rope to fix it then and there versus waiting 4-5 days for a part to arrive.


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fishfighter
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re: Pull start recoil for pressure washer
Take rope to a hardware store and match it. Buy a extra foot.


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Bigfishchoupique
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re: Pull start recoil for pressure washer
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3/16" diamond braid nylon rope in the hardware section of Wal Mart works just fine.
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Remove the three nuts holding the assembly to motor.
Remove broken rope
Cut new rope to length allowing enough for knot and handle
Wind spring backwards till tight.
Replace rope.
Replace handle.
Let it wind back into assembly.
Replace assembly.
Check oil.


Go get wife to crank it if you didn’t know how to do this in first place.
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auggie
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re: Pull start recoil for pressure washer
Use a piece of broom stick, wind the spring tight, then clamp the spool with welders clamps. Put the rope through the hole tie a good small Knot. Remove the clamps and let the spring pull the rope in.

Big fish posted while I was still typing.
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Bigfishchoupique
Member since Jul 2017
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re: Pull start recoil for pressure washer
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Use a piece of broom stick, wind the spring tight, then clamp the spool with welders clamps. Put the rope through the hole tie a good small Knot. Remove the clamps and let the spring pull the rope in.



Auggie brought to mind a couple of good tips.

The knot is especially important so that there is clearance.

Play with it,you will learn. I still play with my favorite tool and am still learning.
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johnnyrocket
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re: Pull start recoil for pressure washer
You can get the recoil rope at any hardware stores lawn mower parts section.

If the spring bad then it would not wind up.

Simple fix takes less than 10 minutes.


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