This video provides step-by-step repair instructions for replacing the starter rope on a Weed Eater edger. The most common reason for replacing the starter rope is when it is broken or frayed.
All of the information for this starter rope replacement video is applicable to the following brands: Craftsman, Weed Eater Tools needed: T25 Torx bit screwdriver, small flat head screwdriver, large flat head screwdriver, spark plug wrench, needle-nose pliers, Phillips head screwdriver, 11/16 inch socket, cord Step-By-Step Instructions 1 Before you replace the starter rope on your edger first make sure the engine has cooled. 2 Next, remove the wire and boot from the spark plug to prevent the engine from accidentally starting. 3 Now use a t-25 torx bit screwdriver to unthread the screws securing the gearbox assembly. 5 Detach the gas tank from the mounting posts and move it out of the way. 6 Use a socket or a spark plug wrench to help unthread the spark plug. 7 Confirm that the piston is in the “down” position then insert a cord into the cylinder to prevent the piston from moving. 8 Use a half-inch socket to help unthread the clutch mounting nut by rotating it counter-clockwise. 9 Remove the washer and pull off the clutch. 10 Use a phillips-head screwdriver to remove the screw to release the upper rope guide from the handle. 11 Now use a flathead screwdriver to detach the lower rope guide. 12 Pull off the starter cup and remove the starter retaining clip. 13 Pull off the starter cam and ratchet pawls. 14 Remove the pulley and unwind the starter rope. 15 Use the phillips-head screwdriver to remove the screw securing the washer to fully release the old rope from the pulley. 16 Prepare the new starter rope for installation by transferring the rope handle and guides from the old rope to the new one. 17 Untie the knot at the end of the old rope and slide off the handle. 18 Slide the handle onto the new starter rope and tie a knot at the end to secure the handle. 19 Now slide the upper and lower guides onto the rope. 20 Thread the opposite end of the new rope through the hole in the pulley. 21 Loop the end of the rope and secure it with the screw and washer. 22 Wind the rope counter-clockwise around the pulley. 23 Apply some grease to the pulley, if necessary. 24 Slide the pulley onto the blower housing shaft. 25 Make sure the starter handle extends approximately three-quarters of the way towards the edger handle then push the pulley into place. 26 Align the ratchet pawls on the pulley and position the cam. 27 Insert the end of the retaining clip into the notch in the cam and snap the clip onto the shaft to secure the assembly. 28 Slide on the starter cup and insert the lower rope guide into the notch in the blower housing. 29 Now align the upper rope guide in the notch in the handle and replace the screw to secure. 30 Realign the clutch on the starter cup. 31 Replace the washer then thread on the mounting nut and tighten. 32 Remove the cord from the cylinder. 33 Rethread the spark plug. 34 Be careful not to over tighten the plug. 35 Reposition the gas tank on the mounting posts. 36 Realign the gearbox assembly and rethread the screws to secure. 37 With the repair completed reattach the spark plug wire and boot and your edger should be ready for use.