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Stihl 023 runs OK but the chain does not turn

Revs OK, drive sprocket does not engage

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Since that is a centrifugal clutch, the speed of the engine is what turns the sprocket. If it revs good and doesn't turn then I would have to assume that the clutch is not making contact with the drum, the chain brake is on, or it really isn't revving the way you might think it should. If it is a clutch issue then it should over rev.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013


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SOURCE: Chain Saw, Stihl Model 011, cutting off

I've been messin with my poulan 2150 that was doing the same thing. Good, fresh gas, good spark,etc. I noticed whenever I loosened the fuel cap it would literally spray gas out! alas, I removed the muiffler assy and the darn thing fired up the first pull! I've got the muffler parts soaking in gas right now and I'm sure this the problem. It just makes sense especially if you use the same 'mixed fuel' can for weed eater, blower,etc. Check your's out, it could very well be your problem too! GOOD LUCK

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

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SOURCE: homelite chainsaw sprocket and clutch for chain

You can get the parts at your local tool rental store.. They should be able to do the service themselves to if you dont want to do it.. Let me know how you make out..

Posted on Jul 10, 2009

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SOURCE: i took the sprocket cover off to remove the bar

It must be reset before you can reinstall it.
This answer stolen from Dolfoff;

Clamp the cover in a vise being careful to stay on flat surfaces of the cover (use wooden blocks if needed) and pull the brake lever back to the "OFF" position. It's a strong spring so pull hard in the direction that would be towards the rear of the saw if the cover were installed.
Hope this helps.


Posted on Oct 06, 2009

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SOURCE: Echo chain saw sprocket not turning.

A few clicks form here will get an Illustrated Parts Manual, I find them them helpful.

If I read the pictures correctly it has an outboard clutch, this may also be helpful.
R² Drive Link Outboard Clutch by

  1. Check the IPL for your saw to see if any special tools are needed.
  2. There are metal piston stops available, when square (almost never) with the piston top these work well, if not square they have been known to punch through the piston. I suggest a length of starter cord or nylon rope be used instead of the piston stop (retain 6" ± so you can remove it). Make sure the piston is near the top of the cylinder before feeding the cord or it can fall through the exhaust port and damage the piston as it rises.
  3. It is probably a left handed thread (tighten it to loosen it).
    Let us know how it worked for you. GL

Posted on Nov 11, 2009

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SOURCE: Motor turns --sprocket or chain doesn't

No clutch on this model electric. I suspect a stripped gear.

  • Type "YourModelNumber" into the "Search for your unit by Model:" window, then click search.
  • Click the “YourModelNumber” - Remington Electric Chain Saw "View Model" link.
  • Click “View Owners Manual” or "View Illustrated Parts Diagram" link.
  • Type "YourPartNumber" into the “Search for your parts by Part #:” window, then click search.
If NLA above try here:
Master Distributors

Remington is no longer in production. Often eBay is the only source for ereplacement parts. I suspect this saw was subjected to some severe operation. The motor for any model Remington cannot be found. Look hard at the cost of a new sprocket kit if available, you might be better served with a different saw. We rarely get questions about McCulloch or Poulan electrics, I suspect a much higher quality saw that will nedd few if any replacement parts. Wen is back in production, they used to be a quality product they might be worthy a critical inspection.

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