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Hard starting Stihl 024 chainsaw

I had my chainsaw serviced earlier this winter because I had some trees I had to clean up do to snow damage. Once that job was done I put the saw away and I haven't tried to start it for at least four months. Admittedly there was some gas left in the tank but I did replace the sparkplug this last weekend. Since it has probably an hour or less of operation since it was serviced the only thing I can think of is varnishing of the fuel. Short of getting it serviced again (carb cleanout & fuel filter) is there anything I can do to get it going. From now on I think I'll use fuel stabilizer but I have much older Stihl gas powered equipment that doesn't give me anywhere near the fits that the chainsaw does.

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  • dbasler May 29, 2009

    The engine doesn't want to start at all. My brother suggested pulling out the sparkplug and reinserting it back into the electrode so I could check if I was getting spark. With the way the plastic case is constructed I couldn't really see in their. The question regarding the E85 fuel is spot on I think because I get the fuel at the same station I buy fuel for the car. I did see that ethanol is causing some problems with car engines.

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    Dean May 11, 2010

    Did you try start it with the same fuel in the tank that was sitting there for 4 months? If so, there is a good chance your chainsaw is now trying to run on water! Ethanol attracts water like crazy, even after just two weeks so if it was sitting there for 4 months, there is going to be a lot of water in that fuel and probably separated and sitting on the bottom of the tank. Discard it and use only non-ethanol based fuel if it is available.

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    Dean May 11, 2010

    What type of fuel was in the tank? Did it have ethanol content?

  • Jim Parker
    Jim Parker May 11, 2010

    Does it act like it wants to start?


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If it's not getting spark with a new plug, then it may be the module ignition (coil). But you really need to get in a dark area and try to see if it's getting spark. If it is getting spark let me know, I should still be able to help you.


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    Jim Parker May 30, 2009

    dbasler, Thanks for the rating. If ever you should have any questions about drywall finishing or patching, put your questions to"Tool-Building and Power-Hand Tools" category.

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