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My stihl MS 261 won't start what possible problems could it be

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Two cycles are little harder to troubleshoot for non start conditions,

  • Try adding a little two mix in the cylinder. If it hits then it is most likely carburetor problems.
  • If don't hit check the compression. Need to be at least 100 psi to start.
  • If compression is low or none exist remove the muffler and check struck rings or cylinder/piston damage.
  • If cylinder/piston damage it probably best to buy a new unit as repairs can cost more than a new unit.
  • If just struck ring(s) then disassemble and clean piston and ring(s) being carefully not to break the ring(s) or damage the piston.
  • While you have the muffler off check for clogged spark arrestor on the muffler.
  • Spark problems can also cause the problem even if you good spark the flywheel timing can be off and that needs to be checked.
Personally I would recommend just taking it to a good two cycle tech for check out.

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If it was stored with gas in the tank for longer than a month or two, the gas could be stale... If so, dump it all out and pour in fresh mix and give it a try...several times, not just once. If that's not the case, pull the plug after trying to start it and see if it is wet with gas. If so, gas is passing the carb and into the cylinder. Next hold the plug threads against the block of the saw and pull the starter rope (with it in the 'on' position). If it sparks, it should be a bright blue not weak....Replace the plug and try it again. If no spark, make sure the switch isn't grounded killing the magneto (coil) output. If not grounded, consider changing the coil as it is possibly defective. Ask for the correct feeler guage for the coil replacement as there is a definite clearance that must be maintained. If you have a feeler guage set, just ask for the clearance setting.

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