One of the more common starting problems for lawnmowers is that the hand pull becomes stuck. When you desperately need to cut the grass (the in-laws are on the way over and you know that he will have a heart attack when he sees the state of the lawn), this can be quite a nuisance. Fortunately, it is possible to fix a stubborn lawnmower pull cord.
Step 1: Check underneath the lawnmower to see whether the blade is bent, as this can actually cause newer models to seize up and refuse to start. If the blade is bent, try replacing it and see whether it starts now.
Step 2: Spray some lubricant on the hand pull string around the engine area and slowly pull on it (to help spread the lubricant all the way down the cord). This should help to smooth out any kinks.
Step 3: Using a wrench, loosen the bolts on top of the engine carriage to reveal where the start of the cord is located. Pull the cord until it becomes loose on the track; you may need a few tries. Replace the carriage.
Step 4: Pull on the cord again. If it stills fails to start your lawnmower, it may be damaged beyond repair and need to be replaced. You can do this yourself or take it to a professional repair shop.
If you suddenly discover that your lawnmower’s hand pull has become stuck, the first thing that you must remember is not to panic – there are plenty of things that you can do to encourage the cord to begin working properly again. And, if none of the above steps manage to get the lawnmower started, at least you know that the pull can be replaced.