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No auto lube to chain

Apon disassembly I found the oil pump had locked I disassembled the pump it had dirt in it .The metal pump drive gear damaged the plastic driven gear because the dirt locks up pump . Looks like the replacment hose and pickup assembly have a filter to keep dirt from gitting in pump. Got parts from Home Depot on line for about $12.00.

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If the filter is intact, then the dirt was in the line to begin with. Disconnect the inlet line at the pump and blow out the line with compressed air (from the tank side). You might clean the oil tank while you are at it. The blow-out is unnecessary if replacing the above parts. Put some oil into the new pump to prime it. Don't try to fix the damaged plastic gear.

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