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My chainsaw won't start when I pull the recoil it pulls but does not seem to catch there is a racketing sound when the flywheel turns and all the cord does is snap back and seems to take tension off t

This chain saw has not run for years and am working on it for a Ag class project I. Also have one that is the same model as this I thought I d be able to interchange parts.

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SOURCE: Pull cord on chain saw will not retract.

Most of the rancher models are easy to look at. Take the four screws off that hold the starter cover on.When off have a look to see if the pulley is ok or one of the starter dogs(pawls) is jamed . If dogs ok take the screw out of the centre of pulley and remove it ,check for spring tension. if there is just be carful to leave sring in housing. look at spring if broken or out of shape renew it and rope.check for cracks in pulley. When renewing spring and rope get correct rope length and diameter. don't over tension new spring. hop this helps

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You may need to replace the recoil assembly, check with poulan for availability.

Sorry I couldn't be of greater assistance.

Posted on Apr 17, 2009

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SOURCE: Pull cord does not turn engine over. This morning, follwowed operationg procedure tostart when engine turned over as if to fire. I closed the choke, pulled the cord twice and on the second pull, it pu

check that the 2 pawls are moveing in the pull start that engage the flywheel you should remove the cover for a closer look also check any warrenty before tinkering

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SOURCE: recoil spring on homelite chain saw doesn't retract pull rope

Easy suggestion would be to get new spring coil. Is it older saw? Have had to change mine on poulan saws before.

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SOURCE: Stihl ms 250 chain saw won't start, doesn't seem to catch spark.

dry the plug asmall squirt of aerostart in the top of carbywith air cleaner off full throttle pull the rope and she should fire up make sure the on/off switch is in the correct position. no don`t laugh ican remember nearly completely stripping amotor years ago before ichecked it put it all back together and it started first go try the aerostart and switch

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