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Chainsaw won't start. Can't pull starting cord out

I’ve had a Homelite 45cc 18” chainsaw for about 2 years. In those two years it’s done everything I’ve asked of it including starting very easily every time. I’ve been extremely happy with it. I cut some wood on Saturday without a single problem and then on Monday when I tried to start it, I couldn’t pull the rope out more than an 1” – 1 ½”. I took the starter cover off and checked to make sure the rope hadn’t come off. I also took out the spark plug which was dry. When the plug is out I am able to pull the rope out all the way and I can see the piston moving up and down. However, as soon as I put the plug back in it goes right back to me not being able to pull the rope out again. I know nothing about engines and I’m hoping that someone has experienced this sort of thing before me and can tell me what what’s wrong.

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  • jeb3d Feb 25, 2009

    I'm able to blow through the exhaust box and there appears to be only minimal (if any) carbon buildup. The exhaust port looks brand new, no carbon buildup whatsoever. The cord can be pulled and the piston is fully clearing the exhaust port. I appreciate you taking time to try and help me with this. Thank you!

  • jeb3d Feb 26, 2009

    I took off the bar and clutch sprocket and the "innards" looked fine. Still unable to pull the cord with it off. I do very much appreciate you trying to help. I think it might be time to start thinking about a new chainsaw because I'm beginning to think that repairing this one might be more expensive than buying a new one.

  • lfoster01 May 11, 2010

    Remove your exhaust box, inspect it for carbon buildup and try to blow through it + check if you can pull the cord the whole way out with it off. Look through the exhaust port on the engine and make sure the piston is fully clearing it. Let me know.

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Try replacing the muffler. The baffle or something inside the muffler may be loose and when compression is put on the cylinder from pulling starter rope to crank over engine it will cause baffle to move over and seal off muffler leaving nowhere for compression to go. When the sparkplug is removed this allows an outlet for compression when starter rope is pulled. Hope this helps

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A common problem with these saws was the plastic housing around the chain brake melting againt it and seizing the saw however this doesnt explain being able to pull it with the plug or exhaust removed. It might be worth a try pulling the bar and clutch sprocket off the side and see if you can see any damage and if you are able to pull it. If not it sounds like something in the starter housing is catching under load ie: with full compression in the engine. Let me know.

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  • lfoster01 Mar 02, 2009

    That may be a rational idea as i have noticed there are countless complaints about the homelite and poulin range. May i suggest spending the extra dollars on a husqvarna or even a stihl as i work on these daily and with proper maintainance they are both brilliant saws. The initial expendature may be steep but they are ultra reliable, take A LOT of punishment before they give up, are usually cheap to fix, and retain an excellent resale value. Good luck, and happy cutting!

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SOURCE: Chainsaw won't start. Can't pull starting cord out

Thats a little strange.
Only thing that comes to mind is someone else had access to it and swapped out a plug that is too long for your short plug, Check plug type in owners manual.
maybe on sunday their 4 wheeler wouldn't start and this was quick fix.
Take off the chain cover or starter and see if it turns back and forth almost one full turn with a sudden stop at both ends of rotation. (Hitting plug)
if this is ok get back to me.
Bill

Posted on Feb 26, 2009

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Chainsaw won't start. Can't pull starting cord out


Thats a little strange.
Only thing that comes to mind is someone else had access to it and swapped out a plug that is too long for your short plug, Check plug type in owners manual.
maybe on sunday their 4 wheeler wouldn't start and this was quick fix.
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if this is ok get back to me.
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