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Chainsaw pull cord won't pull to start

My Husband has a 2175 anniversary Poulan Chainsaw about a couple years old I think, and he just used it last week, but yesterday, he started it up at the house to make sure it would run, and shut it off, when he got out in the woods to cut, the Chainsaw wouldn't start, the pull cord won't pull out when he tried to pull on it to start it. What could be wrong with it,and how can he fix it, without taking it to a repair shop?
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  • unicorn1547 Nov 19, 2008

    Thank You, I will give the information to him to try when he gets home. Thank You very much !!!

  • awpoll Dec 25, 2008

    Brand new Poulan Pro Chain Saw 42cc 18" - won't pull more than about five inches out of the cover. Took cover off and the cord and spindle work fine. Put it back together and can only pull about five inches out of the cover. Help.

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Simply check to see if motor is locked is to remove spark plug and try to pull start. If motor turns, then he may have gotten gas in cylinder and created hydraulic lock. If moto does not turn, it is just a few screws more to take side cover off and see if rope caught in pully. In fact, you may want to take side cover off first, and make sure rope pulls out of housing, and self winds, like it should. At hat point, he can simple turn flywheel by hand to see if motor is locked up.

If the motor is locked up, you can put small amount of motor oil, (half a tea spoon) into spark plug hole, let it sit half an hour or so, and then try to work the flywheel back and forth to break it free. This condition may have been caused by running straight gas, not mixed. And, even if motor frees up, it may still need to go in for repair.

We have a couple of Poulin Pros at this saw mill where I work, and have had the piston lock up more than once, from guys dumping in straight gas. Sometimes we'ra able to free up piston, and make saw run again. And sometimes we end up tearing it down and repairing piston ring. Good Luck

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Pull rope will not rewind back into chainsaw

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