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Fairly new Husqvarna 142 only runs at high throttle. 150 Pressure test.

Fairly new saw only runs at high throttle. Problem started abruptly. 150 on cylinder pressure test. Maybe 5 hrs on saw.

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    I have the same problem, your piston and bore are gone hence no bottom end :-( Shop tried to tell me there was no oil in the fuel but I know there was. I had maybe 4 or 5 hrs on mine too. Only fix is a new head and piston. Take the muffler off to confirm, once its off you can see the piston if its scratched you have the same issue as me.


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What type of fuel are you using.never put premiun it a saw.make sure that there is no alchohalin the fuel make the fuel burn too hot so it looks like a lack of oil in the fuel mixture.......also make sure that the spark plug is correct.......wrong plug will fire too early and either burn a hole in top of piston or show up as a lack of oil........

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Remove, clean and reinstall the muffler and spark arrestor, if no better the "L" needle may need adjustment.
Carburetor Adjustment by
  • CW is leaner; to lean will destroy the saw. If over tightened closed (CW) the adjustment screw faces are easily marred; marred adjustments are difficult to impossible to set properly.
  • Clean the air filter; adjusting with a dirty filter can cause a run lean condition once cleaned and the saw run.
  • Clean the spark arrestor and muffler; if the saw cannot exhale it cannot inhale.
  • There are 2 wav (sound - idle & full - may not be highlighted) files that I find most helpful, I think you will too.
Most chainsaws die because they are are run lean. I am going to inject a little Lou theory here. Air leaks and defective fuel delivery systems account for most chainsaw failures. Constant adjustment of needle valves can easily camouflage more serious problems that result in burning up your saw.

If you have more questions or need additional help please reply below and I will get back to you. Thank you for using FixYa and Good Luck. HTH

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It has an air leak somewhere.
It is running lean; to lean causes failure. Is the muffler loose (fairly common on this saw)? A good saw shop can do a diagnostic pressure test that saves a great deal of time. Usually reasonably priced, try a local Stihl shop by phone.
You can try a little WD-40 at intake connections and crank seals. There are other sources of leaks.

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I am borrowing my friends brand new Husqvarna 142 which has never been used and she cannot find her owner's manual. What is the oil to gas ratio?

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If it is brand new, I'd suggest runninit at about half speed for a minute or three, then moving on up to about 3/4 for another minute.

When you go to cut, rev the engine up to a fairly high speed before putting the saw to the wood. In most cases, you want to let the weight of the saw do most of the cutting, versus bearing down on the sae. Yhat puts undue strain on it, sepecially for a used saw. Try not to allow the saw to "bog" down, so the engine speed drops considerably while cutting.


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