How To Start Generator Without A Pull Cord?

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Generators are crucial in emergency situations where power is needed. With just a pull on the pull cord, their generators are started (after they have been set up properly).

What happens if the pull cord breaks due to any activity? And how to start the generator without a pull cord? In this case, you will be left stranded. On the one hand, you are in a hurry due to pending activities, but on the other hand, you are grabbing the broken pull cord of the generator.

How To Start Generator Without A Pull Cord

Steel or another durable material is not used in the manufacture of pull cords. These are just ropes. We cannot expect the rope material to last very long.

The alternative to starting a generator without a pull cord is explained here. Without further ado, continue reading.

Also Read: How to Hook Up A Generator to House

How to Start Generator Without A Pull Cord?

If you don’t have a pull cord, you can still operate your generator. Only you need these items:

  • Power drill
  • A suitable socket
  • Batteries with some remaining capacity

After gathering these items, you’ll need to follow these steps:

Remove shroud and locate the cord position

Remove the shroud (cover) from the generator recoil starter motor to check which type of nut is attached to the starter mechanism.

Determine the nut size

To connect the nut to the socket, you’ll need to know its size and what kind of socket it requires. 

Due to the different sizes of nuts attached to most machines, you’ll want multiple sockets to be able to test them.

Connect break bar and set the drill

Once you have determined the size of the socket, you can plug in a power drill with a breaker bar connector. 

Place the socket into the breaker bar connector’s end and set the drill to a low speed.

Turn the drill On

Let the drill spin at a high speed and it will spin the nut.

Some tries and rotations may be required, as well as adjusting your generator’s priming system (or even its choke), but eventually, your generator should start.

When the pull cord on a generator breaks, can it be started?

It is still possible to fix a snapped cord without a power drill. Even if the rope is broken on your generator, you may still be able to start it.

Initially, the shell must be removed from the starting mechanism before this can work. You can now see the central nut, as well as the flywheel that can spin around it. It’s an excellent sign if there is a very small hook on the flywheel (a notch).

The remainder of your rope or long cord can be tied into a knot of appropriate size if you have any. The rope should be wrapped around the wheel as tightly as possible with the knot on the notch. The generator is powered by the wheel that spins as soon as you pull hard on the rope. By pulling hard enough you will start the generator.

Ropes won’t stick to the flywheel if it doesn’t have a slot around which they pass, and thus won’t turn it when pulled. Hence, this method doesn’t work without the groove.

There are people who prefer this method over the traditional one when starting their cars. However, there are those who claim that drills may pose a safety hazard.



I hope after reading this article you are able to deal with this situation of starting a generator without a pull cord. Just apply the methods that are mentioned above and continue your daily routine.

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