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Husqvarna 357xp rim sprocket problem

I need to change the rim sprocket on my Husqvarna 357xp but cant get the clutch drum off. I can see the easment arrows on the clutch drum but cant see how to lock it off. Any ideas?

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  • Lwashington1 Feb 10, 2009

    I have the same problem with my 3120 XP, need to change rim sprocket and have lost manual. Need to know proper procedure to lock off clutch without causing damage.

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    how do i change the sprocket drum when the oiler gear is in the way

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There is a special tool to remove the clutch properly with out damage to the clutch or springs.it is so much easier to take it in some where and have the proper tool used.the tool is $45.00 to $65.00 to buy one.most dealer will only charge you a couple of bucks to remove it and install one for you,it only take a second to do.I,myself have made a couple of differant ones because chainsaw differ so much.let me know and maybe i can get you a picture of the one you need

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Easy fix, remove the spark plug and either insert a Stihl plastic piston stopper (in all new Stihl saw boxes)in to the top of the cylinder or put in a piece of old starter cord, making sure you keep both ends out (so you can remove it!) The starter cord is soft so won't damage the pot or piston. next gently pull the saw over until the piston locks on the starter cord/piston stopper. This will allow you to unscrew the clutch drum. On huskys this involves placing a flat head screw driver on the 'ledge' indicated with the directional arrow and wacking the end of the screw driver with a hammer. It will take a considerable wack!! you will also need to steady the saw (ask a mate). It seems a bit ham fisted but it's the only way to do it. Stihl on the other hand have a combi spanner attachment point in the middle of the clutch. (catch on husky, it's a lot easier!!) P.S. I'm not a crack pot trying to make you knacker your saw. I regularly maintain 15 various husky saws including 357xp's. good luck

Posted on Sep 21, 2009

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When I start the xp, chain automatically starts spinning, when I put the brake on, the saw stalls... is it the clutch, or the springs?

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Use this as a guide.
R² Drive Link Outboard Clutch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdqkIuVNUQc

  1. Check at the IPL for your saw to see if any special tools are needed.
  2. A length of starter cord or nylon rope may 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
    Lou
Exploded Parts Manuals
357
http://weborder.husqvarna.com/order_static/doc/USA/2006/I06000/I0601077.pdf
3120
http://weborder.husqvarna.com/order_static/doc/usa/2000/I00000/I0001036.PDF

Posted on Sep 21, 2009

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Remove the spark plug. Put a string down the hole leaving the end hanging out. This will stop the piston rising and the engine turning over. Nut should undo.

Posted on Feb 12, 2009

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Hi

Bolck the piston in the cilinder with a starter rope with many nods and unlock the clutch clockwise.

best regards savumihai71

Posted on Feb 11, 2009

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