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Toro model: 20018 recoil resistance

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Hi All...I am brand new to this forum and I am happy I found you guys. There is some really great info here and I thank you, in advance, for any help you might be able to provide.

The subject mower is about 9 years old and I am the second owner. I noticed several weeks ago that the pull cord ran into some considerable resistance after being pulled less than 12 inches. After letting the cord rewind, it would start normally on the second pull.

I also noticed that the cord, about half way down, was tearing and not holding on by much. I replaced the recoil assembly hoping to not only fix the cord problem, but also the resistance problem.

The repair went well, but the resistance problem is the same...first pull much resistance...second pull just fine.

I found the owners manual here on this site, but the only lubrication mentioned other than the oil and gear oil is in regard to the wheels.

I was wondering if there is some lubrication needed here and if so, what and with what?

Thanks again for your help

Rick (Goosegas)
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WElcome to MLMF goosegas. Hmm, I always wonder if there is a story behind the screen names folks choose. Anyway, if I did my search right, you've got a Tecumseh engine engine on your mower. I split off the chapter from a Tecumseh service manual that applies to the service of the rewind systems on their 4 stroke engines. I hope there will be something in there that will help you out.
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Hmm, I always wonder if there is a story behind the screen names folks choose.
Thanks bwdbrn1...I didn't find anything about lubrication, but it contains information I might be able to utilize in the future.

As far as my screen name, it is a bit long, but if you are willing to read it, I will write it.

When I was growing up there was a cartoon show named "Rocky & Bullwinkle" If you aren't familiar with it, it is about the escapades of a flying squirrel and his not so bright side kick Bullwinkle the Moose.

In one particular episode the two villains Boris and Natasha, have release a gas that knocks people out or renders them incoherent.

Natasha noticed that the gas called "Goof Gas" was not having any affect on Bullwinkle. When she asked Boris why the gas didn't affect Bullwinkle, Boris said "Goof Gas affects the brain no effect".

Since I was a child at the time, I thought Boris said "Goose Gas" and I have been using the name ever since.

Rick (Goosegas)
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"Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!" Ah yes, I remember that show very well.
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