She complained that the recoil did not catch when it was warm. So I took the recoil apart, didn't really see anything wrong, and put in a new spring and kit.
The recoil did work great cold, before and after the repair. Now, I took it out for the first ride, got back and it does not catch at all. You are just pulling a rope with spring tension on it.
Same sled, I noticed the throttle takes a lot to hold. My thumb was tired after 20 miles. Can't imagine what it is like for her. Any quick and easy way to lighten up the tension? Yep, I know, it's pulling three carbs.
My XLT did that when I bought it too... I dont think it has anything to do with the recoil spring, the pawls arent coming out to grab the basket on the fly wheel. Take it apart and get all athe gunk out of there and grease everything up nice and try again. Make sure the pawls arent all dicked up too, as well as the flywheel basket.
As for the throttle, is it tight or just heavy? Keep in mind, like you said, you have to lift 3 round slides to operate the throttle. There is a 'slider block' that goes from a single cable to 3 separate cables, make sure that is free. The easiest way to check is to pull the caps off the carbs (the part the cable goes through) and pull the slides ouy. THen take the needles/slides off the cables and check the operation of the cable. If it is free then thats the way it is, if its still tight, replace cable assy. as needed. There is an old trick to lighten the pull by cutting a few coils off the springs... I STRONGLY RECCOMEND NOT DOING THIS... you run the risk of the trottle(s) not closing all the way or hanging open.