How To Fix A Lawn Mower Pull Cord That Is Stuck

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When the pull cord of your lawnmower gets stuck, it’s really become a frustrating situation. And due to a stuck pull cord, it doesn’t allow the lawnmower to start. Recently I faced this problem and fixed this at home. 

You know when you pull the cord, it rotates a hub that connects the crankshaft and spins the blades. It also connects the mower spark plug, carburetor, and the motor at the same time. These things all together start your lawnmower.

But due to a stuck pull cord, your lawnmower becomes standstill. Would you leave your lawnmower like this? Obviously not. That’s why you are seeking a solution. Right? 

In this article, I will try to give you a solution on how to fix a lawn mower pull cord that is stuck. And after reading this article, you will surely forget it if you think it’s a hard nut task. 

So, let’s see how to fix the pull cord easily. 

How To Fix A Lawn Mower Pull Cord That Is Stuck

Causes Of Lawnmower Pull Cord Stuck

There are a few reasons that are basically responsible for lawnmower pull cord stuck. If you fix these reasons, It can save you from this hassle. Let’s see what they are. 

  • Many lawnmowers use an automatic brake feature. The automatic brake is controlled by a lever attached to the lawnmower handle. You need to press it downwards when you pull the cord. When the mower pull cord is stuck, check the automatic brake whether it is working properly or not. 
  • When dirt and debris block the lawnmower blade area, the pull cord becomes stuck. Tilt the lawnmower into its sideways to check the blade area. And clean it if you identify any blockage. 
  • Sometimes the mower starter clutch becomes seized because the ball bearing inside the clutch becomes rusted. Fixing this issue helps you to pull the starter cord freely. 

These are the reasons that are actually working behind the lawnmower pull cord stuck. You can easily identify and fix the first two causes. 

However, when the mower starter clutch becomes seized, you need to do some repair. Let’s have a look at how to fix your mower starter clutch. 

Follow the steps outlined below to fix it. 

Steps to follow:

Step #1: Remove The Spark Plug

Take the lawnmower into an even surface and unplug the lawnmower spark plug. 

Step #2: Remove The Pull Cord

Remove the pull cord from the handle of the mower. 

Step #3: Unscrew Starter Assembly Screws

Now, unscrew 3 or 4 screws that hold the starter assembly with the mower. 

Step #4: Remove The Starter Clutch Cap

Gently tap the starter clutch cap. Remove the cap as well as the assembly of the starter clutch. 

Step #5: Clean The Bearing Rust

Clean the rust of the bearing by using steel wool. The steel wool must be fine grade. Otherwise, it will damage the bearing. Properly clean the pocket of the bearing and the shaft as well. 

Step #6: Recoil The Starter Cord

Before reassembling the bearing, you need to recoil the starter cord in the mower starter spring. 

Step #7: Reassemble The Bearing and The Cap

Spray some oil at the starter clutch center. It will help the bearing to move freely. Place the bearing in the pocket of the bearing.  Replace the cap and screws at the previous position. Tighten the screws properly. 

Now you are all set. 


  • Try to choose a pool cord that doubles the length of the distance between the lawnmower motor housing and the handle.
  • Always mow the lawn when the grasses are dry. 
  • Keep the lawn free from stones and small tree branches before mowing the lawn.  Check tree service company
  • Clean the mower after each mowing. Regular maintenance enhances the durability of the mower and keeps you free from many difficulties. 

Final verdict

What’s you feel now? Is it hard to fix a lawnmower stuck pull cord? I think it’s no more a difficult task for you now. 

Hopefully, from this article, you’ve understood how to fix a lawn mower pull cord that is stuck. In some cases, you may find that the pull cord needs to be replaced entirely.

If you can’t fix it following the above-mentioned process, check the starter clutch housing properly whether the pull cord is broken. If the pull cord is broken, Just replace the pull cord and enjoy mowing!  

Todd L Miles
Lawn Mowers Enthusiast
I started "Landscape and Lawns Care" to provide clients with lawn care with better service, better products and, most importantly, better ethics. My promise to every customer is to give the greenest grass possible while controlling weeds, insects, and diseases! The most important thing is that I strive to always do the right thing for you, your lawn and your wallet!