Starting a Generator with a Broken Recoil Rope

Updated by Juan Velez

This article covers the following models: Champion Power Equipment open-frame portable generators.

Please read and view the instructions carefully and completely before performing service.
  • To reduce the risk of injury, user must read and understand the operator’s manual before using this product.
  • DO NOT make any adjustments to the generator without first stopping the engine and disconnecting the spark plug wire.
  • Burns from hot parts — let the engine cool completely before touching hot parts.
  • Injury from moving parts
  • To reduce the possibility of fire or explosion, be careful when working around gasoline. Keep cigarettes, sparks and flames away from all fuel‐related parts.

Your generator is equipped with an emergency recoil option. If you remove the three bolts holding the recoil assembly, you'll see a silver cup that receives the pawls from the recoil. You can use the original rope or any suitable length of rope you may have on hand. Tie a stop knot (e.g. a figure eight or overhand) in the end of the rope. Place the knot in the notch on the outside rim of the silver cup and wind the rope clockwise around the cup.

DO NOT tie the rope to the cup - it needs to fall off the cup at the end of the pull to prevent entanglement or injury. 

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