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How do I install the kill switch spring and wire on a Poulan P3416 chainsaw?

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SOURCE: How do I install a Poulan P3416 ignition switch (kill switch) spring and wire? The old one was so rusted it was in pieces, so I have no clue how to insert the new spring or the wire. Thanks for your h

Pop into your local garden machinery shop if its too old to find a handbook for. You might find someone who knows when he see's it.

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