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How can I adjust the oil flow to the bar of chainsaw?

Too much oil presently being dispensed causing oil spatters on clothing, etc. and excess oil covers entire bar. Oil reservoir must be filled after only 3-4 minutes of actual cutting time. Manufacturer suggested loosening cap slightly, so I enlarged to vent hole in the cap slightly to compensate. I understand too much is better than too little. Any fix for the problem?

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  • Eugene Rounds Dec 07, 2014

    Hi Grady Locke, I want to help you with your question, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box?
    What is the model number? With Homelite it is usually a UT number.

  • Grady Locke
    Grady Locke Dec 07, 2014

    It is the Home-lite 14" #UT43103

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Look-up the UT-43103 IPL. There is no provision to adjust the oil flow. Suggest checking the oil lines for loose or broken areas; also could replace the oil pump. These are very inexpensive parts. here is a link to the parts list and source for the parts.

Homelite UT43103 Electric Chain Saw Parts

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Are you using bar and chain oil or motor oil in your oiler? Motor oil is too light to properly lube the chain.

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Hi, usually the "pipe" gets gummed up at the nozzle end, or something can block the pipe, clean the entire thing in a bath of cleaning fluid. Or do more of the same of what you have been doing, try a thin wire down the inside to see if it is clear too... Also make sure the outlet from the reservoir, isn't blocked up. Sometimes a thin cleaning fluid like you used may indeed get through, but a thicker type "oiler' fluid may not, be able to get through a tiny hole, or gap that maybe all it can get through, due to a partial blockage. Also make sure you don't get a air lock, in the reservoir .make sure the breather hole is clear too. Please find below a master Google link for repair of chain Oilers, choose one suitable for you, and I am sure you will sort out your problem, as you sound very competent.
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SOURCE: no oil flow to lubricate chainsaw bar and chain.

have you drained oil tank and checked oil pickup filter ?

have you checked oil tank breather ?

next check the drum and worm oil pump driver , they should have no damage to them , and engage the drum and worm should engage the pump shaft correctly with no slipping or binding , check the oil outlet hose is clear and make sure the pick up hose is clear with no holes / tears in its length but mostly sounds like the oil pump and worm need replacing ?

if you find a worm pump and worm gear replace them and make sure the oil pick hose seals off the oil tank to pump opening ( because if it sucks air with will not pump properly ) and oil will leak out under gravity while sitting

chers pauly46

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