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Old 01-22-2011, 09:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This morning i went out to pull start my ski doo citation 4500e and found that the pull string doesn't catch anything when i pull on it. Apsolutely no resistance what so ever, and the motor doesnt turn over. Any ideas on how to fix such a problem?
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but how do you fix it?
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You can blast a heater at it if you have one,or put a drop light in by the recoil, but make sure not to melt anything.
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take it apart, clean up the gunk
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Pull the rope out as far as you can and squirt some WD- 40 thru the rope hole, slowly let the rope back in while gently tapping the side of the pull starter housing with the handle end of a hammer.
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This morning i went out to pull start my ski doo citation 4500e and found that the pull string doesn't catch anything when i pull on it. Apsolutely no resistance what so ever, and the motor doesnt turn over. Any ideas on how to fix such a problem?
garbage Skidoo Recoils

they wear out way to easily I FUCKING HATED THEM

My Safaris, my 583 etc etc all went through 2-3 recoils a yr

Sad part they are a one pull sled to start
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Sounds like your dogs are either frozen or warn out. I'd take it appart and wipe out all the old oil/grease/dirt thats collected. Then put a few drops of ATF (automatic transmission fluid) or light machine oil on the spring and let it soak in. I wouldnt use motor oil or grease because when its cold, it tends to bind and not catch.

Also you could try tightening the nut on your recoil...that would give you more friction on the dogs and make them come out.
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