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Having hard time with new poulon 18" chainsaw starting.

Bought a brand new poulon (pp4218avx) 18" right after hurrican ike. Used new gas with 40:1 mixture and used 1 tank of gas. after that I have had a hard time starting machine. checked spark and it has strong arc. easy to pull cord without spark plug in, difficult to pull with spark in. please help.

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  • capracktx May 20, 2009

    The filter is clean and I have sprayed carb cleaner in it and still same problem.

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Since you have good spark and good gas the only things left to check are the air filter and the carbeurator. If the air filter is dirty, replace it. While you are at the auto parts store also pick up a can of a gasoline additive called seafoam which will keep your carb. clean. Finally get a can of spray carb. cleaner and put a couple short squirts directly into the air intake which is right there when you remove the air filter.

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  • Joe Hogan May 20, 2009

    OK the carb. is still the problem. It needs to be removed, soaked in cleaner for three hours and possibly rebuilt using the proper rebuild kit for that model.

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