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Oil in combustion chamber, static locks engine

Oil gets on top of piston locking engine.pull spark plug, turn engine over several times clearing oil out. reinstall plug, after a couple pulls on rope same thing, oil on top of piston. oil has to be chain oil but how is it getting on top of piston?

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  • wlw10 Mar 02, 2009

    have been using this saw for several years and have had no problems. same fuel mixture as always. problem gradually got worse. oil that comes out of pure oil not a mixture.thanks for your input.

  • wlw10 Mar 03, 2009

    you asked if engine got more smokey as it ran. as stated before, can't get engine to start because of static lock. can remove plug and pour oil out of cyl. clear cyl. by pulling starter rope several times ,reinstall plug , and after a couple of pulls, static lock again. same procedure with same results.

  • Jim Giesen May 11, 2010

    It then has to come from the pump Im sure this has a diaphram type pump. the diaphram may have a hole in it....Would you say the motor is getting more and more smoky?

  • Jim Giesen May 11, 2010

    Are you sure its bar oil? the only way it can get in is through the pump never heard of it locking the engine. the hole is too small may be fuel/oil...


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It wouldn't be chain oil. That runs through a separate system. It's most likely the oil mixed in your fuel... but if you are seeing it as thick oil, it sounds like your oil:fuel ratio is not correct.

Also, if it isnt firing, you are going to flood the motor after several yanks on the rope. I'd be checking the spark plug for proper operation before looking at anything else.

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