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cb750


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Toro 421QE can start with Electric starter but not with Pull Cord
Original Message   Aug 6, 2015 3:45 pm
I have a toro 421QE snowblower. I started it initially with the pull cord to run the engine dry. But when I tried to do it again, the pull cord was very tight, then get stuck, and the handle broke. I was able to pull it all the way out slowly (it was tight still) to ensure it was not tangled; and let it back in. I am unable to use to pull cord to start the engine now, since it would get stuck about mid-way. It starts easily with the electric starter. Any suggestions, thanks
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RIT333


Joined: Jan 3, 2008
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Re: Toro 421QE can start with Electric starter but not with Pull Cord
Reply #1   Aug 9, 2015 6:28 pm
There are probably 4 bolts holding the pull starter to the engine.  Remove them, and then look inside.  If you cannot figure out the problem, take a photo, and post it, and it will save a lot of guess work.
cb750


Joined: Aug 6, 2015
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Re: Toro 421QE can start with Electric starter but not with Pull Cord
Reply #2   Aug 17, 2015 3:27 pm
Thanks, will do that and report back.
cb750


Joined: Aug 6, 2015
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Re: Toro 421QE can start with Electric starter but not with Pull Cord
Reply #3   Aug 19, 2015 2:19 pm


I removed the pull start mechanism, there it works fine.
When I try to turn the flywheel/engine by hand, I encounter resistance intermittenly.  However, when I remove the spark plug, then I can spin the flywheel smoothly.
Below is the picture.   Appreciate any suggestions.  Thanks






Toro 421QE can start with Electric starter but not with Pull Cord
Original Message   Aug 6, 2015 3:45 pm
I have a toro 421QE snowblower. I started it initially with the pull cord to run the engine dry. But when I tried to do it again, the pull cord was very tight, then get stuck, and the handle broke. I was able to pull it all the way out slowly (it was tight still) to ensure it was not tangled; and let it back in. I am unable to use to pull cord to start the engine now, since it would get stuck about mid-way. It starts easily with the electric starter. Any suggestions, thanks
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cb750


Joined: Aug 6, 2015
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Re: Toro 421QE can start with Electric starter but not with Pull Cord
Reply #4   Aug 20, 2015 12:27 am
I haven't figured out how to post the picture correctly. Here is a link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Byn2a6YXlM1wYk9mUk9Xem15UXc/view?usp=sharing
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