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I needed to mow some around where I recently moved a shed, so I pulled out the Push Mower, checked the oil, added gas, and proceeded to pull start. When it started it let out a Banshee Scream and started spitting the pull rope out. Not good.

To correct the problem...
1. Pull the plug wire off.
2. Removed the top.
3. Wraped the pull rope back around the pully making sure to keep the spring tensioned.
4. Pried up the top of the pull start clutch and added a few drops of oil.
Note: if the ball bearing come out, remove all of then then insert the clutch ratchet then add the balls back in.
5. Unscrew the clutch ratched from the engine shaft (this is the sourse od the squeel) and oil. There is a pin hole in the top, but mine is probally pluged.
6. reassemble.
 

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I personally have never lubed them, it will just attract dirt and dust, use some fine emery on the crank until the center piece of the starter clutch spins freely. Also washing the unit reguarley will also cause this problem as water gets into the clutch causing it to rust up.
 

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I personally have never lubed them, it will just attract dirt and dust, use some fine emery on the crank until the center piece of the starter clutch spins freely. Also washing the unit reguarley will also cause this problem as water gets into the clutch causing it to rust up.
I'll try this the next time I "pop the top" Total time to do this was 10 minuets.
This is my hinze 57 mower, a conglomeration of parts from other mowers that just happened to fit together :rolleyes:

It runs well, no smoke, and can cut the thick stuff with minimum effort.
 

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I have a troy built tiller that started doing that this fall :(
 

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I have a troy built tiller that started doing that this fall :(
Well, you have two methods that should solve the problem. Let us know which you use and the results.

I just thought I would post this as it seems common on the older style pull starts.
 

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I personally have never lubed them, it will just attract dirt and dust, use some fine emery on the crank until the center piece of the starter clutch spins freely. Also washing the unit reguarley will also cause this problem as water gets into the clutch causing it to rust up.
Agree,I tried both ways.Seems to work better with dry balls.lol
 

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That sure is the hard way.... Just drill a small hole in the center of the cover and put a few drops of oil on the little hole you see in the clutch...
Thats what that little hole is for...
 
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