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Re: Husqvarna 357xp rim sprocket problem
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
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
Check at the IPL for your saw to see if any special tools are needed.
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.
It is probably a left handed thread (tighten it to loosen it). Let us know how it worked for you. GL Lou
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The chain you should be using should be a .325 pitch and not a 3/8.
Never over tighten the chain, it will wear and stretch with time, which is why you should regularly check the chain tension. To get it right you should be able to lift 2 drive links clear of the bar. The chain will naturally wear groves into the spur sprocket, there is no conversion to a rim spricket for this model. Rim sprockets allow the chain to move along the sprocket easier and takes the wear away form the clutch drum.
You need to jarr it off ahainst the compression of the saw, there is a 15mm nut on the clutch to allow you to do this, if you have an impact gun this will take it off in seconds, it is just spun onto the crank with a left hand thread so jarr it clockwise.
From the ser no. i would say it was a 1986 machine, the top cover was grey in this year, it went from white, to grey and then to orange, the crankcase also changed around this time, to confirm it is an 86 machine check if it has a two piece ignition system. There is no clip on cover available for this machine.
The top cover was part no. 501686004, however if it has a single piece ignition system it will be part no. 503610003 the clutch bearing depends on what sprocket is fitted, if it is a spur sprocket the bearing is a press fit and is part no. 501514801 if it has a rim sprocket the bearing is loose and is part no. 501831801
A part number for an OE spur sprocket and illustrations that may be helpful for disassembly may be found here: HusqvarnaUSA.com http://www.husqvarna.com/us/homeowner/support/download-manuals/ Enter the 3 digit model number (no XPs, Es, just the numbers) Serial number decode – useful when downloading IPLs and Manuals 06 1500198 06 = year produced – 2006 (single digit before 2000; black numbers on silver tag 90s; silver numbers on black tag 80s) 15 = week produced - March 00198 = 198th unit Husky produced that week
Check the IPL for your saw to see if any special tools are needed. Poulan (Craftsman, Jonsered, Husky) clutch removal tool part number 530031112 if needed, is under $5 from many sources (look at the visible area between the weights if 2 small round sockets are visible you need the tool).
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 nylon rope (nothing left behind) 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.
Everyone I have ever removed had a left handed thread (tighten it to loosen it).
More questions or if I can be of more assistance please reply below. Good Luck. HTH Lou
A YouTube video shows the procedure using a Husqvarna 350 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdqkIuVNUQc
1. I looked at IPLs for the 55 & 455 and didn't see any special tools.
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 be cut when the piston rises.
3. It is probably a left handed thread (tighten it to loosen it).
Let us know how it worked for you. GL
It appears the 455 must be a "spur" type chain drive sprocket. the 55 offers the option of a "rim and spline" drive sprocket. If replacing the clutch drum I recommend the "rim and spline".
I work for warcks county council, the husky 357xp is our main saw. We've experienced the same problem with many of our new 357's. after many hours of trying to solve the problem (including swapping carbs from old broken saws etc) i stumbled upon, by fluke i'm afraid, a problem with the ngk bpmr7a spark plugs. They seem to work fine for a short period of time (even new out of the box) then leak compression from the cylinder. We are running a esser rated bosh spark plug which seems to have eliminated the problem, (can't remember the number, sorry). We have now ordered champion plugs to replace the stock. Probably worth a try. Hope this is of some help.