Over the life of your Yard-Man lawn mower, the starter rope is likely to break. As such, MTD, the manufacturer of the Yard-Man, has made the starter rope relatively easy to replace. The most important thing about replacing a starter rope on a Yard-Man mower is choosing the right type of rope. Rope too thin is prone to break, while rope too thick won't get enough rotation to start the motor.
Things You'll Need
1/8-inch braided nylon rope, 8 to 9 feet
C-clamp or vice grip
Remove the blower housing from the outside of the engine. Depending on the model and age of the mower, this may require either removing a series of bolts or cutting off the original rivets. Cutting rivets may be best done by bringing the mower to a repair professional.
Wind the pulley until the auto-retract spring is tight. Back the pulley a little so that the hole on the pulley lines up with the hole in the blower housing.
Lock the pulley in place by clamping it to the housing.
Remove the old starter rope. It may be necessary to fold over a stamp or other stabilizer placed over the rope.
Feed the new rope through the hole in the blower housing into the pulley.
Tie the rope into the pulley by knotting it so that the rope is secure in the pulley hole.
Remove the clamp and slowly allow the spring to wrap the cord around the pulley.
Replace the blower housing securely.
Attach the handle to the new starter rope. Use a new handle, or reuse the old one if you can remove it from the old rope.