How To Replace Pull Cord On Lawn Mower? – Easy Steps & Guide

Are you ready to get your lawn mower up and to run? Nothing feels worse than pulling on the cord of a lawn mower only to find that it has snapped or become worn out. Replacing this faulty part doesn’t have to be a chore – with just a few simple steps, you can have your lawn mower back in action.

This step-by-step guide will teach you exactly how to replace the pull cord on your lawn mower so that you can keep enjoying those freshly cut grass smells. So read on, and let’s get started.

Equipment and Supplies You Will Need:




Screwdriver Cleaning wipes or a towel/rag and water
Needle nose pliers Lawn mower pull cord
Nut driver/Socket Wrench
Scissors/utility knife

Main Parts Of Lawn Mower Pull Cord Housing:

Ensuring your lawn mower is running smoothly starts by understanding the components of its pull cord housing. Knowing each part will help simplify maintenance and repairs, but what are these parts exactly? The main pieces that make up a lawn mower’s pull cord housing include:

  • Starter Pull Rope.
  • Handle.
  • Recoil spring.
  • Pulley.

Steps to follow: 

Step #1: Make The Necessary Preparation

First, ensure you have all the necessary tools and supplies. In addition, be sure to turn off your lawn mower and disconnect it from any power source. 

Step #2: Disconnect Power Cord

Once you have all the necessary items, please disconnect the power cord from the lawn mower and set it aside.

Step #3: Remove Rewind Housing Screws

The next step is to remove the screws from the rewind housing. This will allow you to access the inner workings of your lawn mower’s pull cord.

Step #4: Remove Old Broken Rope

Once you have access to the inside of the pull cord housing, remove the old broken rope. There may be a few screws that need to be removed to pull out the old cord. The new cord will insert where the edge from which the broken rope is pulled.

Step #5: Settle The New Rope

Now that the old rope has been removed, you will need to settle the new rope at its designated place.

Tie a knot at one end of the rope and then thread it in the same place you pulled out the old one.

Take care of the innerspring of the rewind. Around the pulley, you will find an adjustable spring that helps maintain tension on the rope. Make sure to adjust this correctly so that it works properly.

Step #6: Rotate The Pulley

You should keep the pulley rotating until the pores of the rope fit into their respective slots. This will ensure a good connection between the pulley and the rope. Insert a screwdriver via the hole in the body of the lawn mower and into the pulley to secure it in place.

Step #7: Insert The Cord In The Rewind Housing

To insert the rope into the rewind housing and secure it in place. Use a lighter to heat the rope’s end and then insert it into the rewind housing.

Step #8: Cut off the Extra Rope

Once the rope is fully inserted, use a pair of needle-nose pliers to trim off any excess length. Leave enough slack in the cord to ensure it pulls correctly.

Step #9: Reattach The Rewind Housing

Now that your new pull cord is in place reattach the rewind housing and secure it with the screws.

Step #10: Reconnect Power Cord

The final step is reconnecting the power cord and starting your lawn mower. Make sure to test the pull cord before using it entirely, as it should pull smoothly and quickly.

Congratulations! You have successfully replaced the pull cord on your lawn mower. You can now enjoy your lawn mower, and its freshly cut grass smells with a few simple steps. Thanks for reading.


  • Always wear protective hand gloves and goggles when working with any lawn mower parts.
  • Be gentle while pulling the cord, and avoid jerking it hard; this may damage the components.
  • If your lawn mower is electric, unplug it from any power sources before you start work.
  • Double-check to make sure all the parts are securely fastened before use.
  • Inspect the pull cord and other parts for any wear or damage. Replace them as soon as possible if needed.
  • Regularly inspect the pull cord and other lawn mower parts to ensure it is running smoothly and safely.
  • When disposing of the old rope, be sure to do so in an environmentally friendly manner.
  • Ensure you always use genuine parts and supplies when performing lawn mower maintenance.
  • Read the owner’s manual carefully and adhere to safety instructions when working on your lawn mower.
  • Seek professional help if you are still trying to figure out how to replace your lawn mower’s pull cord.

Doing it yourself can save you time and money, but it is never worth risking your safety.

This guide has helped teach you how to replace the pull cord on your garden keeper or lawn mower.

Keep In Mind To Replace A Pull Cord Of Lawn Mower:

  1. When the lawn mower’s pull cord does not return to the housing properly.
  2. When the pull cord has snapped as a result of too much pressure.
  3. When the plastic covering is worn out or when it’s broken.
  4. When regular maintenance and cleaning do not improve, the lawn mower’s performance pulls the cord. If you notice any wear or damage on the pull cord itself.

Final Words: 

Replacing the pull cord of a lawn mower may seem intimidating, but it’s pretty simple with some patience and the right tools. With this guide, you can replace your lawn mower pull cord in no time.

Remember to stay safe while working on your lawn mower, and always use genuine parts and supplies when performing maintenance.

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