Question about Poulan P3314 14" Gas Chain Saw 2.0 Cuin 33CC 2 Cycl

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My pull start on a Poulan 3314 Chain Saw (with Spring assist start) was stuck and so I proceeded to take off the cover and rope assembly, which unwound the spring. Everything seems intact (nothing broken), but I can't figure out how to re-wind the spring. I am having trouble winding it, so much, that I don't think I could place it back into the housing even if I got it rewound on the starter assembly. What am I doing wrong?

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I had (and still have) the same problem with the same saw. Like you I took it apart and the spring unwound. The way I finally got it back together was to lie it (spring down) on a flat surface near the edge. I then rewound the spring while holding the white plastice piece in place with a pair of vice grips. Once wound I slid it off the edge of the bench very slowly holding the spring in place with my fingers (carful because if you let it slip it can slice your finger) Then I set it back in holding the hooked end with a screw driver and placing the side opposite the hook in first. I managed on the first try to pop it in place and while it seems to turn and recoil fine when I put the saw back together it still sticks which prompted the repair in the first place.

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How to fix chainsaw and weedeater pullstarters by Davidsfarm

Posted on Nov 05, 2009

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    I DID IT! I fixed my Poulan P3314 Chain Saw pull start. Unscrew screws and remove plastic black shroud on top. Unscrew screws and remove green pull start housing. On inside of housing, Remove center screw with allen wrench. Very carefully remove white plastic pull string pulley assembly; if not, spring will unwind (see below for restore). PROBLEM was grit got into spring (poor design) and stopped pulling. I used WD40 to oil up. Spring eyelet of spring coil that nears center post was too far away to work when reinstalled. I think was caused by pulling string forcefully when would not retract. Use needle nosed pliers to curl more inward eyelet towards center; make sure to hold down spring coil while doing this. TRICKY; Part of spring coil was hitting center post and preventing easy installation of white pulley assembly that must hit very bottom. I modded a paper clip with needle nose pliers, putting tiny right angle at one end; slide clip from outside of green housing through air vent towards center post and pull back coil leaning against post to clear for pulley. Make sure you line up one of two bottom notches with coil eyelet. As you are pulling coil with clip, slide pulley down to touch bottom. Twist out clip carefully as pulley is coming down. Reinstall center screw with allen wrench, tight. There should now be tension on pulley; test it, if not tighten in more. Now use VIDEO in above post to wind pulley tension properly. DONE!

    OOPS!. in case spring comes out while doing this repair; I used a square foot piece of wood, 4 finishing nails and a hammer to re-tighten coil for re-installation into starter housing. make sure finishing nail is small enough to fit into spring coil eyelet. nail one nail through eyelet into center of wood block. Next, nail two more nails equidistant from first nail about an inch apart to form a triangle. Start winding around nails, pulling and winding. careful to hold down with fingers. You're done when coil is tight enough to fit inside it's proper place in housing. Use fourth nail to hold outside hook in place to hold coil from unraveling. Now, carefully remove the two center nails and finally the eyelet nail. Hold the coil while removing eyelet nail. Slide out from wood block and align outer coil hook with hook-let on inside of housing. Slowly release, while depressing coil so that it won't fly out on you, again. Again, POOR DESIGN by Poulan is to blame for you having to do this part. GOOD LUCK!

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Recoil Spring Rewind
I invert and secure the housing and rewind the spring large coil to small (need eye protection, both hands and no women around work area!). I'm right handed so I tension the spring enough to insert it inside the previous coil while holding what has already been installed with my left about 180° from my right hand. The tension will hold the spring in the housing once completely inserted. Then bend slightly the inner most part to engage the starter spool. It will require about 2 turns of pretension for it to retract properly. HTH
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I did the same thing only with a large clamp instead of vice grips. I also was able to get it in place the first try. Make sure you line up the spring so the hook that goes into the cover lines up. Also screw down the cover very gently, it does not need to be tight and if it is it will not allow the spring to retract after pulling.

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