How to clean an outboard starter pull cord assembly?

I have an old mercury outboard engine and the Spring is very strong. It works great when I have it coated in brake cleaner but just a few moments later after it dries it starts getting stuck again. What do I need to lube in with to keep it from sticking?

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  • Ian K
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Brake cleaner will dissolve any lubricant.

    You need a lubricant, not a cleaner.

  • 6 months ago

    Use a dry lubricant- Graphite lock spray works well.

  • 6 months ago

    Don't use WD-40 to lubricate stuff. Wd-40 is great to disperse moisture but it attracts dirt and eventually gums up the works. Instead Buy Silicone spray lube. It goes on wet but dries to a film that provides lubrication and doesn't attract dirt.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Spray it liberally with WD40. The brake cleaner cleans but does not lubricate. WD40 is magic stuff for all marine jobs especially spark plug leads and associated electrics.

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