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Reset chainsaw brake on a husqvarna 455 rancher

I just replaced all the parts for the chain brake and I can not get the cover that goes on top spirng on because I can not seem to press the spring enough to set it in the unlock position. I have tried to screw cover on and then with the use of pliers reset it as I had been instructed to do by a local repair shop but it did not work. seems as though this is a common problem from what I have read on the internet but noone yet has the answer to solve this problem.

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  • Anonymous Oct 23, 2008

    This is a hard thing to do. Place the locking part of the cover on the to the saw as best as you can. ( the bottom will not fit as you know ) you have to press hard to make the interlock fit into the cover . Then move the bar forward to get the brake to release. hope this helps.

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    Wim Wetzel Jan 19, 2014

    Remove the chain brake handle and attach the cover back on briefly and pull back on the handle to disengage the mechanism. Reinstall the handle and the cover will fit properly again. Always unlock the chain brake before replacing the chain.

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You removed the cover while the chain brake was in the locked position.  The plier method will be a pain in the ***, as you cannot get enough leverage to twist lock or spread the spring.   I've accidently done this myself and found a much easier way to solve the problem.  Just remove the chain brake handle by unscrewing 2 screws.  Stick the cover and the handle together as they would if it was correctly assembled and twist.  You should be able to unlock the chain brake and it will now slide right on.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009

  • peter godwin Sep 16, 2011

    This is the way to do it! Dont bother messing around with clamps!

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Put on your cover over spring with brake in lock position and do not use a pliers to remove brake .leave bar off saw and keep side cover pushed in on front into brake lever and pull back on lever to unlock brake

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This is apparently a common problem. The round spring that goes around the flywheel is fighting the cylindrical spring from the handle. First remove the three screws that hold on the plastic cover. This will reveal the cylindrical spring. You can pop this out with a screw driver. Now you should be able to push the assembly into the locked off (the ring spring is as big as it can be now and will fit over the flywheel again. Now take the whole side assembly and clamp it to a worktable or counter. I used a big wood clamp. Now using a small clamp you can compress the cylindrical spring back into place. I used a heavy flat blade screwdriver to clamp against. The other end of the clamp fits against a piece of steel rod (I used an allen wrench) that goes into a hole at the outside end of the spring. Crank the c-clamp to compress the spring and when its compressed push the end into the slot. To hold it in from popping out quickly put the plastic cover back on. The spring may bend up but tightening the screws will keep it down in the groove. This is how to do it.

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See shaddymacdog (14 Apr 09). Brilliant solution Shaddy, thanks!
I did the fix in almost no time. Clamping the cover in my table vise
(with the spring facing up) allowed me to easily attach the handle and
open the spring. Simple solution from Shaddy, but I didn't think of it.

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Shaddymacdog's solution did the trick. I assembled the handle and matching cover gear together and held them in place by putting a c-clamp snuggly over them which made them easier to turn. You need a fair amount of torque to reset the spring.

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Posted on Apr 17, 2009

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Belinda Why didn't you post a new question? An IPL for your saw with the detail you want can be found here:
HusqvarnaUSA.com
http://www.husqvarna.com/us/homeowner/support/download-manuals/
Enter “371” in the “Enter product” window (no XPs, Es, just the numbers)
Serial number decode – for use with IPL
06 1500198
06 = year produced – 2006 (single digit before 2000)
15 = week produced - March
00198 = 198th unit Husky produced that week

Illustration A is the chain break and fairly detailed.
Reset Chain Brake by Dolfoff
Please follow this link, http://www.fixya.com/support/t3102817-re_install_side_cover_after_chain
cursor down to “Best Solution”, while there click the “Was this helpful? [Yes]” button
If you don’t have a vise a large C clamp to a work surface might work, you may still need a block or two of wood. HTH
Lou
Please if you need more clarification or photos try here:
ArboristSite.com Chainsaw thread (free to join)
http://www.arboristsite.com/forumdisplay.php?f=9
It’s a collection of chainsaw enthusiasts that will be willing to send you some photos. I did a search for 371, she gets good marks and many hits.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009

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SAWFIX has it right. An additional note. The notches inside the brake handle hinge have to engage the three leaves that **** the spring. I HAD TO PUSH DOWN ON THE COVER AND MOVE THE HANDLE OUT TO ITS EXTREME POSITION AND WIGGLE IT UNTIL I FELT THE LEAVES ENGAGE. mOVING THE HANDLE REARWARD RELEASES THE BRAKE.

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See shaddymacdog (14 Apr 09). 10 min. fix! Thanks shaddy!!!

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Oi anybody out there with a moody 371xp husqvarna chainsaw. basically i need detailed photos of the chain brake etc

Posted on Oct 29, 2009

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Hi, have you made sure you haven't knocked the chainbrake on? Regards Phil.

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Check your operators manual carefully many new Huskys have a 3 position oiler with 1 being the least and 3 the most. It is easy to turn beyond the detents and once done oiler problems abound.

Is this a new saw? Still under warrenty? If yes the dealer where
you purchased should be willing to verify proper oiler operation at no cost. If purchased from a big box store or on line all bets are off.
HTH Lou

Posted on Sep 09, 2009

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