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Old 02-16-2004, 11:17 PM
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ok here is the problem, the spring in my pull start keeps breasking in my rs4 3 ss and i cnat get a bump start or roto start b4 i leave fro colorado and i need to know if there is any other way of starting it than these ways. if any one could help asap i would greatly appricate it
Old 02-17-2004, 04:13 PM
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please someoine help me with this
thank you
Old 02-17-2004, 04:26 PM
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my friends pull start spring just broke. i told him to find the right size socket that fits that nut on the shaft and hook it up to a drill. he wont try it so why dont you experiment for me?
Old 02-17-2004, 05:20 PM
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use the one way bearing from the pull start an put socket on it as hpi chuk said or try an fix spring some how
Old 02-17-2004, 06:24 PM
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i cant do what because the engie faces the back of the car and you would have to take apart the back a arm but that does work on others hpi chuk
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Old 02-17-2004, 08:45 PM
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The coil spring always breaks where it has been bent (that’s the weak spots). The break occurs where it fits into the housing where some elaborate bending has taken place or the “J” bend where it”s actually held in place and wound onto the wheel (round thingie that the rope is attached to).

Now most folks have their own procedures but here’s mine.

Billyman’s guide to recoiling the recoil:

1) Get comfortable and find something entertaining that doesn’t require your hands (you’ll need those for the job you’re about to perform). TV works well, watching a movie, a show, whatever. Trust me when I say you don’t want the recoiling to have your undivided attention. You’ll wind up disgusted, aggravated and possibly throwing it across the room screaming words that your mother would ground you for a month for saying. And you don’t want that. If you are old enough to drink, get some alcohol, this will help ease the tension also (takes the edge off). If you are not old enough to consume alcohol, I feel very sorry for you.

2) Depending on which end broke, you’ll need to take a pair of needle nose pliers and mimic the bends on the broken piece (it doesn’t have to perfect or exact but it must be close enough to fit). After you’re satisfied with all that, it’s time to get lost in that movie or watching the cars go by on the street (If you have alcohol, it’s time to start sipping).

3) Start by carefully examining the direction every thing will have to go. There’s nothing more earth shattering than winding and winding only to find you’ve done it backwards.

4) Now, place “J” bend in wheel and using your thumbs on the top (not the spring side) and your middle and index fingers on the bottom (spring side) apply pressure and start rotating the wheel using your fingers on the “loose” end of the spring as a guide and alternating pressure from hand to hand while turning.

5) After every few turns, hold tightly with one set of fingers and pull the excess “loose” spring tightly. You need to create a very tight wind.

6) By now, you may realize that you need a tissue or paper towel to sop up the blood where you’ve cut your finger. Suck it up and be a man, just bleed all over it!

7) Hopefully, at this point, you’ve got a tight wind and ready to install into the case, the rope is all twisted but don’t worry, you can straighten that out in a bit.

Fit number one.

Yep, it’s backwards. Throw it on to the floor and watch and hear it unwind (you have to be quick for it does this very quickly, guzzle alcohol, take a breather.

8) Repeat steps 1-7 but do it in the correct direction this time.

Fit number two.

You’re fingers and thumbs are starting to hurt but you’ve got too far to stop now. Can’t...hold it...any...long...er...must...(neat springy noise is heard so may be the cursing). Take a breather, loosen those stiff muscles in your fingers and hands by doing the “mommy pick me up” thing that kids do, drink more alcohol.

You should understand why I suggested having something else on your mind by now. A 10 minute job has turned into 40 and it still isn’t fixed. Press on.

9) This is where you may scream “SUCCESS!!!!” and do a little funky dance or something. It’s wound tight, in the right direction, and all you have to do is insert it into the case. Holding it firmly with one set of fingers, hold it as close to or in the housing as possible. With your free hand wielding a small screwdriver, pull and push, the elaborate bent end into the housing (it may not go all the way but as long as it hooked you’ll be ok). Set aside screwdriver and grab dangling rope. Quickly push the wheel with it’s newly wound spring into the housing. Holding it down firmly with your thumb in the center, let the rope wind itself slowly around the wheel.

Now install on engine?

No.

10) You now realize that there is two inches of rope hanging out of it and won’t go back in because the winding wasn’t tight enough and you have to do it all over again.

I told you a movie and alcohol helps.

If you've broken the rope you'll still have to go through all that sh** just without bending the spring.
Old 02-17-2004, 08:58 PM
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i got it together and stuff im jsut tired of fixing it
Old 02-17-2004, 09:49 PM
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you can find replacement pull starters on tower hobbies. you could find the one that says its made for your engine or find one that looks close and mod it if you have to.

what happens if there is no spring to be found? i know there are other things around the house that have that type of spring...but what?
Old 02-17-2004, 11:24 PM
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When you go to repair the broken spring you will find it very hard to bend it into place without it braking it[:@]. Not a problem, just heat it with a tourch or you can use a stove burnner, get the spring red hot and it will bend to your will, this is the only way to get the spring to bend without breaking it.
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No it isn't.

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