Villiers eng recoil

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    I am doing a 599d eng fitted to an old Atco mower , main problem being the recoil the spring is not the strongest and after cleaning oiling and re-ass it i find it will turn the centre lock bolt i have tried removing the copper thrust washers adding a thin washer but nothing seems to work, the last time i worked on these was 45yrs ago and seem to remember they were a pain in the ar– then, any suggestions, i might add it was removed by owner because he had problems with it.


    If it’s the two piece alloy bodied starter – Definitely a pia !
    You could try making a double sided emery paper washer ( paper, cloth too thick) to go under the external nut on the centre spindle to discourage it from turning. It’s all about inertia to make the pawls move out.

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