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i have a older strikemaster mag iii. was out yesterday with it and all of the sudden the recoil started acting up. it would retract back in fine but when i pull the rope, it would not turn the motor. sometimes it would start to turn the motor after about 3/4 the rope was pulled out. (not sure if this is making sense). i was wondering if anyone has ever had this problem? and does anyone know if i can still get parts for this motor? it is the 49cc tecumseh. finally get some good ice and now my recoil goes out on the auger. Just great!

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Try cleaning it by flushing out the oil, grease, and dirt with a petroleum based spray type solvent.

To do so you'll remove the recoil housing from the engine but don't take the recoil apart.

Take the recoil into the house to warm up the grease and oil.

Flip the housing over so your looking at the spool. Spray the solvent thoroughly making sure to get the between the dogs and spool, behind the spool where the spring is housed, and the spool spindle. Work the recoil by pulling the rope and keep repeating with spray and allowing it the be flushed out.

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thanks for the input guys. just brought the recol inside to warm up. ill try flushing out the oil and grease. if that doesnt do the trick, anyone know where I could get a new recoil. i lookied on strikemaster HSOforum and didnt see anything for recoil parts. havent had much luck searching online either. next i guess i will be calling some small engine shops. anyone ever heard of any small engine shops that have any parts for augers in the metro.


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turns out that little plastic finger wasnt coming out far enough to turn the motor. cleaned it up and lubed it and seems to be working now. the plastic finger did seem a little worn. I should probably locate one soon.

thanks guys.

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