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Poulan 3416 won't start, won't run

After priming 6x, setting full choke, saw runs a little and quits. At half choke (as recommended), saw doesn't even hit.

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OK - let's work through this. If you need choke all the time then the mixture is too weak when the choke is off. Putting the choke on literally chokes off the air supply to the engine by lowering a small shutter across the entrance to the carburettor. That means either there is too much air getting to the engine (don't see how!!) or too little fuel. So, how do we get too little fuel? You could check for this as follows;
- before we do anything tricky let's check the obvious things - is there a fresh fuel mix in the tank? Petrol does go off, especially if there is 2 -stroke oil added to it. If it's over a month old from the pump mix up a fresh batch. Is the idle speed set too low so the engine stalls when the choke is knocked off? You can see this screw to one side of the carburettor (you need to remove the top lid in front of the handle on the chain saw, and then remove the air filter to see it). Turn the screw half a turn clockwise to speed the engine up. Be warned - if the engine starts it will run faster than normal and that means the chain may start to spin around. Also - check that the chain brake is off (i.e. the safety lever is pulled backwards, and that the chain is free to move BEFORE you attempt to start)
- is the fuel filter blocked? To get to this, make a wire hook (e.g. thick fuse wire) and gently hook out the fuel filter that's sitting at the bottom of the fuel tank, and take a look at it (be gentle - you can damage the gauze if you are clumsy). Does the gauze look clear? I.e. if you dip it into petrol it will freely run into the filter and of course drain out when you lift it? If not, replace it.
- next stop - are the jets in the carburettor set right? I don't have a service manual for this (and I know the manual says unhelpfully "return for service") but basically you will have seen two holes on the side of the chain saw (below the handle) two small 0.8cm holes; one marked 'L' (for low speed) and the other 'H' (for high). Put a fine flat screwdriver down the L hole and feel for the slot of the low speed jet. Once engaged turn it out half a turn and this will enrich the mixture - if this seems to help and you can start the engine then adjust the L jet in or out until the engine is idling comfortably. If it idles too quickly then you can also turn down the idle screw (see previous paragraph).
- no luck still? Well, it could be fuel pump or a blocked jet in the carburettor but this really is a 'return to the service centre' task!

Good luck!

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The problem could be a plugged fuel filter located inside the gas tank itself. Drain the gas. You can fish it out by using a hook of some sort. Then Replace with FRESH gas. If thats not the problem you have yourself a gummed up carb. Possibly from leaving fuel in it when out of season. Take apart the carb and spray with carb cleaner. Check all holes and screens on the top as well as the metering lever and diaphram on the bottom. They make model specific rebuild kit based on the model of the carb itself.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009

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It is running in a lean condition. Continued operation like that can cause piston and cylinder failure.
I'd take it in for repair estimate ($10) at the local chainsaw seller/mechanic. Explain the problem you are having, Probably a leaking fuel line. I'd expect a repair and tune up about $40-60. Your saw will perform better and your arm will thank you. If tuned ask what fuel/oil ratio they used (should be 50:1) and affix a label to your fuel tank. HTH
Lou

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Like aviatur said but a business or index card. Rotate it and make certain nothing drags when everything is tight. Lou

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Don't prime it 6 times.

Prime it once and try starting. Keep trying with one prime.

If that doesn't work, let it sit for a bit. And then prime it two times and try starting again.

If that doesn't work, try priming 3 times.

Then try half-choke with one pull only, and then move choke to run for the second pull.

The saw might have an on-off button

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http://www.madsens1.com/saw%20carb%20tune.htm
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Clean the air filter; adjusting with a dirty filter can cause a run lean condition once cleaned and the saw run.

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I think your starting procedure may be the cause of flooding. Flooded is the #1 cause of hard starts in 2-cycle engines. Read carefully the recommended start in your manual. most miss the second note. It should be similar to this (read 3, read it again):
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If you still have trouble reply as you did before. I will get back to you. HTH
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I am going to make the following assumptions:
1. It is a Poulan PP4218(WeDoNotCare), start procedure the same.
2. You removed and verified there is spark (plug replacement recommended). The plug is dry (not flooded).
3. With the saw at waist height; the starter handle held; and the saw released. It remains against the starter handle or VERY slowly lowers with a distinctive pause during each compression stroke.

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It needs spark, fuel, and compression to run.
An overly rich mixture should not keep it from starting.
To much or to little fuel will (most start problems)!

The start procedures are on pages 9 and 10.
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If the engine is cold - Please read the second NOTE: before trying to start.
If warm – read the DIFFICULT STARTING (or starting a flooded engine). I would try it with choke closed first (Pull to full choke; push to off choke). Hard starting is almost always flooded on a 2-cycle engine. You can prime all you like; priming does not inject the fuel mix into the carburetor. It circulates mix from the fuel tank through the carburetor and returns any excess to the tank

Reply below with what happens. I will help you as much as I possibly can. HTH
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I am going to make the following assumptions:
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2. You removed and verified there is spark (plug replacement recommended). The plug is dry (not flooded).
3. With the saw at waist height; the starter handle held; and the saw released. It remains against the starter handle or VERY slowly lowers with a distinctive pause during each compression stroke.

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If the engine is cold - Please read the second NOTE: before trying to start.
If warm – read the DIFFICULT STARTING (or starting a flooded engine). I would try it with choke closed first (Pull to full choke; push to off choke). Hard starting is almost always flooded on a 2-cycle engine. You can prime all you like; priming does not inject the fuel mix into the carburetor. It circulates mix from the fuel tank through the carburetor and returns any excess to the tank.

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4. Put one teaspoon of fuel mix (40:1) into carburetor throat, reinstall air filter.
5 Turn on ignition.
6. Pull starter.
If it sputters or tries to start and dies there is a fuel delivery problem. Reply below with what you found and I will help repair that too.

I hope you found this helpful. If you have questions or need additional assistance you can reply below. Good Luck
Lou


Please reply below with what you found. Help me help others. TIA
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