Pull start not engaging

Wolfdog

Wolfdog

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Completely new to the rc world and need some help. Took the Rampage in on trade and it needs a few things. Guy said the pull start was “broke” but from the research I have done I can’t find what it is that is broke. When I bolted the pull start back on and gave it a pull it’s not engaging the flywheel. The pull start mechanism isn’t reaching the flywheel. Looking at the exploded view , everything seems to be there. Any ideas on what I need to do? Thanks
 
Haroldbee

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Wolfdog...lemme give you a simple solution to all that bother. If your vehicle can use a drill start system, simply install one. No more pull-start-not-engaging, no more pullstart-cord-breaking B.S.
PEACE!
 
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Can you attach a pic of the pullstart not connected to the engine? If its bolted on and its not engaging either a part os missing or broke or possibly the flywheel itself could be damaged as well.

Quick fix solution (all things considered) I would just buy another pullstart. theyre fairly inexpensive. Thats after ruling out everything else.
 
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There is a spring loaded device on the center of the pull start that engages the flywheel. I think it is called a "sprawl." They come in plastic and/or aluminum. It has a notch on it that engages the flywheel. If you remove the pull start from the engine and pull the string you should see this sprawl raise. The notch on the sprawl will wear and eventually become too short to engage the flywheel. Some people use the aluminum sprawl because they last longer but they can damage your flywheel which is more expensive than a pull start. The proper way to use the pull start is to pull the string slowly until it engages the flywheel then pull with force. Some pull with force from the beginning, often attempting to make several rapid pulls. This will cause your sprawl to wear faster. You can purchase a sprawl separately and install it on a used pull start. I would just by a new pull start because there are other parts (spring, string, coil) that eventually brake.
 
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That’s what it is, the flywheel isn’t engaging. Thanks for the replies guys.
 

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