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Husqvarana Rancher 55 , how to clean the exhaust port

I habe replaced the carb, spark plug, fuel cap, tank vent, air filter, spark plug. saw will not idle as loss of power, how do you clean the exhaust port

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    how to remove fuel tank vent of husquvarna 55 chain saw



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Cleaning the exhaust: on the saws I've worked with it was just to loosen two bolts at the front and then the exhaust is off the saw. Clean with brake cleaning fluid and blow with compressed air, let it dry before assembling. Don't forget to clean the fine mesh at the output side underneath the lid if present (i.e the spark arrestor).

Make sure to have your carb adjusted properly afterwards.

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