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We have a Stihl strimmer and the pull cord to start the engine

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We have a Stihl strimmer and the pull cord to start the engine has snapped. We are trying to retie the string but cant remove the jubilee clip which holds the spool onto the unit. Any ideas how to remove the Jubilee clip?
There is no need to remove that clip. Get your rope ready by burning the end and wiping it clean with a rag so that it is pointy. Use a pair of pliers or needle nose vice grips to grab the pulley and wind it in the same direction it would turn if the rope was being pulled out. Turn it until it stops, this will prewind the spring. Back it off until the hole in the pulley lines up with the hole in the cover and poke the new rope through both holes. Pull it through with some needle nose pliers and tie a knot on the end, Hold the rope tight and release the pulley. The spring will pull the new rope in and you will be all set!
Customer: replied 7 years ago.


Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately the cord has snapped off very close to the spool's hole so grasping it and pulling the remaining cord through is not possible. So we think we have to remove the casing off the spool - hence needing to remove the jubilee clip.

Antonia Pounsett

The clip is called a circlip and requires a special pair of snap ring pliers to remove it. You can pick this tool up at most any hardware store or order it online. Here is an example of what I am talking about.
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