I had no issues with the pull cord recoil starter on my newly acquired used Honda eu20i.

Suddenly the the pull cord stopped recoiling at all. I figured the spring had just broke but on removing the unit it seems there's at least some tension still in it. With a broken spring I would expect no tension.

Have you any ideas what's going on?

Also I cant see any center bolt or fixing so that I could remove the recoil mechanism and inspect the spring.

Is it possible to dismantle the recoil starter on an eu20i?

  • This may be better addressed over at the motor vehicle stack. mechanics.stackexchange.com/…
    – Alaska Man
    Jun 16, 2020 at 0:11
  • @alaska. That's what I thought except I checked where the other generator and lawn mower questions were located and seems they were here. Do you know how I can move it? Jun 16, 2020 at 7:41
  • If it is new I would take it back, if just new you (used) look at solar mikes answer.
    – Ed Beal
    Jun 16, 2020 at 14:58

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Some tension? Usually with that retractor unit on the bench the spring has to be pre-tensioned sufficiently to retract the pull cord with alacrity ie not “just enough” but with speed and force.

I found that it would need the same number of turns plus 1 and you need to be carefull when doing the pre-tension as the mechanism can jump out and you might get hit...

  • Thanks for the reply but the problem is with the spring itself - I believe. I took another approach and threaded the 1m rope around the unit then tensioned +1. I recoiled and installed it again and it worked for 2 pulls and then it appeard to slip and the rope was fully out with no tension and you could hear the coil unravel. Theres a problem with the coil itself or its seating - I need to access inside the unit. Jun 19, 2020 at 0:08

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