Chapter 12: Setup & Maintenance
Parts & Service
on non-motor hardware improvements
Winterizing your Paramotor by Alex Varv
Recoil starter problems and solutions |
The majority of paramotors use a manual pull
starter due to its simplicity and lightweight. They're more reliable than
an electric start because no battery is required but they're far from
Possible solution or link.
|Pull starter feels "locked up"
If you've determined the piston
is not seized then this may be caused by a number of things, most likely
the rope has left its track and got wound up.
|Cord won't retract.
- The recoil spring is broken. Usually they break on the tab that
holds the spring's innermost part solid against the case. Even so, the
cord may retract part way because of friction.
- There is a blockage. Something is preventing the rope from going
Pull Starter Rebuild
|I pull and the engine doesn't engage.
- Top 80: The starter pawl springs are all broken. These springs hold
the pawls against the engine ratchet until the engine starts and runs
more than about 1500 rpm. Then centripetal force pushes them away so
they don't rub.
- Black Devil: The starter pawl spring(s) are broken or the starter
has been assembled incorrectly.
- Replace with Paracord or similar. Should be thinner but stronger
with minimal stretch. Paracord is available from Dicks Sporting Goods
and probably other places, as well.