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Older homelite super 2 has bar oil getting into cylinder

Saw will run fine without bar oil, (not cutting of course), but when oil is added it floods cylinder, I have been using motor oil.

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  • Dan Todd May 11, 2010

    NEVER use motor oil for the bar. Where have you been putting the bar oil?


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Sounds like you have a leak in your crankcase. On most ( or at least quite a few) saws the oil tank wall is shared with the crankcase housing. When you add bar oil it's running into the crankcase and then the cylinder. It may just need a new gasket, worst case is you have a hole in the housing.

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