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My chainsaw starts up runs good a few seconds and dies like its out of fuel which it is not

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Inside the fuel tank, there is a small flexible fuel line with a float (or sinker) attached. The float (or sinker) is supposed to keep the end of the fuel line submerged in the fuel. The float (or sinker) may be detached, or stuck, or it may be saturated and won't float (if it's the floating kind).
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Posted on May 20, 2011

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SOURCE: runs for a few seconds & dies

Fuel starvation, start by replacing the fuel filter in the tank on the end of the fuel hose, check the hose for cracks or slits.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011

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SOURCE: Chainsaw won't start. Replaced carburetor, fuel lines, fuel filter, ignition module, spark plug. Using new gas and oil. Has good spark but won't pop.

try priming it mite work lol

Posted on Mar 29, 2012

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SOURCE: Poulan Pro Chainsaw, PP3516AVX

is the cap vent plugged?

Posted on Sep 22, 2012

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SOURCE: poulan 2600 chainsaw. the saw starts ok but then

If the carburetor has been rebuilt that leads me to believe that there was an adjustment made. The problems that can be encountered is that we like to adjust the carburetor to reach maximum performance. However, this ends up blowing the engine since there is a prescribed RPM for each saw, which is probably around 7k rpms. Now, we don't have enough vacuum to draw the fuel. There is another important area to check though before rebuilding the motor, and that is the adapter, or gourmet, that goes to the engine from the carb. Inspect it for leaks...you can do that by taking it off and turning it inside out to see if you have any holes or simply looking to see if it is dry rotted. If you have a hole, you can get the Black Sealant RTV at Advance Auto and fix it since no company no longer supplies that part for the Poulan Chain saw. If the motor is blown, you can rebuilt it rather simply, but unless you had a good ring tool to put the ring in the cylinder, you will want to place the piston/ring in the cylinder prior to putting the wrist pin and snap ring on wrist pin to avoid breaking the ring. You will need a good vice to hold the chainsaw in place though. This can be done by leaving the piston out far enough to get the wrist pin in with one snap ring on the one side then place bearing in then slide wrist pin in, then be careful no to pull the cylinder head off too far and now place the last snap ring in...of course you will need some sealant on the head gasket first prior to all of this. The reason I am telling you all of this is because on a chain saw, you must be willing to go the whole way since one problem leads to another and the truth of the matter is that if you are willing to go the whole distance, you can get that saw back running perfect...make sure mixture is good even if you need to make up a new mix... Good luck.

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