How to Recoil a Briggs & Stratton 5 HP Pull Starter

How to Recoil a Briggs & Stratton 5 HP Pull Starter

If you are experiencing problems with the recoil on a Briggs & Stratton 5HP pull starter, chances are good that the spring is either broken or worn out. Today at this Briggs Parts site, we are going to instruct you on the finer aspects of recoiling the 5 HP pull starter.

Before we look at the problem varieties of pull starters, we need to associate you with the working properly condition of the same unit. As you walk up to your lawn mower, you will see the traditional pull starter cord. From this point on, we feel that you have been acclimated sufficiently as to the proper grasping a safety stance issues, related to firing up that Briggs & Stratton engine.
When you first pull on the cord to start the engine, the spring immediately draws the cord back into the housing and proceeds to wind the cord around the pulley. In order to replace the broken or worn out spring, you will have to firstly remove the starter from the engine. The 5 HP pull starter replacement project is not a difficult one, but it will require your time and effort as well as a working knowledge of the pull cord system.
Please see the steps below and make certain that above all else, you have turned the engine off and that all safety precautions have been addresses.
Start by removing the three bolts that are securing the shroud to the motor. You can do this by using a socket and ratchet. An extension socket may be needed in order to get the third bolt out, from behind the engine. Pull the shroud and remove the bolts from inside the shroud using the aforementioned socket and ratchet.

Next, remove the bolt from the neck of the recoil, in the spot where the pull cord exits. Remove the bolts from the recoil retaining clips using a socket and ratchet. Remove the recoil and the old spring from the bracket. Remove the old pull cord from the recoil. Take a close look at the pull cord and inspect it for damage and replace, if necessary. Insert a new spring inside the bracket, once again, if necessary.

Place the recoil inside the bracket and install the clips, leaving the retaining screws off for now. Wind the recoil until the interior spring begins to tighten. Do not over-tighten the spring or you will not be able to pull the cord all of the way out of the housing. Turn the recoil counterclockwise in order to tighten the spring. Insert the pull cord straight through the eye in the cord neck. Install the retaining screws in the clips using a socket and ratchet.

Tighten down the retaining screw in the neck using a socket and ratchet. Slide the pull cord into the starter handle and tie a knot around the retaining pin to secure it in place. Try pulling on the starter cord to make sure you are able to pull it all the way out of the starter area housing. If you cannot pull the cord all the way out, you will have to back off on the recoil spring. This means taking it all apart again, so be sure that you do not over-tighten the spring! Pull the cord a few times to make certain that it winds properly.

Place the starter assembly back into the shroud area, tighten down the retaining screws with the socket, and ratchet. Replace the shroud on the Briggs & Stratton Engine. Install the retaining screws and tighten them. Start the engine to test the new pull cord and spring and prepare to really get to work now on cutting that lawn!

Briggs Parts – How to Recoil a Briggs & Stratton 5 HP Pull Starter

6 thoughts on “Briggs Parts – How to Recoil a Briggs & Stratton 5 HP Pull Starter

  • My spring came out of the p lastic wheel How do you rewind it to go back in the plastic wheel where the rope goes. The pull string on where you pull to start it.

  • There are a couple of different types of starter pulleys and springs. Some are wound up through the side of the starter, but most of the newer ones have to be wound up by hand and placed in the pulley. Once the spring and pulley are reinstalled in the starter you can set the tension. We really need to know what starter you have to be able to further help you. We’ll be happy to help you out.

  • I have a weedeater brand mower with a 5 hp Briggs motor and the starter rope pulley is not held in with brackets. I’ve been working on small engines for about 30 years and this is the first one I have had with no brackets or tabs holding the pulley in place. The recoil spring has broken and needs to be replaced I just can’t figure out how to get to the spring. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  • There is probably a sticker/emblem on the out side of the housing that needs to be removed. Under this you should find a bushing that goes through the starter housing and pulley. You will have to press it out. Take note how deep the bushing is pressed into the housing. It is critical on how far you press the bushing back in. Thanks for your comment!

  • I have a new starter pulley for my 8 hp Briggs and Stratten motor but have forgot how to assemble it. Where does the coil spring and the rubber part go?

  • Hi Lowell,

    Here is a message from Blake our technician…

    “I am not sure on the rubber part. The coil spring goes between the housing and the pulley. If you get the model and type number off of the engine housing I can get you a diagram.”


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