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Chainsaw will run but will not shut off with the run/stop switch

My Chain Saw will run with no problems, but when I try to shut it off, it won't shut down with the Run/Stop switch.

I have tried another switch, not the exact same switch, but I was told it would work, but it doesn't.

Saw continues to run with no problem besides shutting it off.

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  • sukecchi Jul 15, 2009

    I had to make a new wire for the switch so that I have eliminated the old wire already.

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The cut off wire is probably broken before the switch. Depending on the make,you'll need to remove the pull start housing to fix it.

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My Chainsaw's Engine Does Not Start: If the engine will start at all, you might have a bad starter switch. Check to see that all connections to the starter switch are secure. Is the power cord cut or broken? Check to make sure that you have a proper power line connection. If all checks out except for the switch, go ahead and replace it. You may want to consider whether you are using the appropriate fuel mixture.

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The Chain Skips or Jumps: If the chain skips or jumps during operation, check the engine drive sprocket to make sure it is not worn. If you have a worn sprocket it will not allow the chain to sit properly. Also, check to make sure the chain tension is set correctly. Setting the chain tension is a part of continuous operation. However, a dull or damaged chain may also cause the skipping and jumping.

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The Chain Continues to Move or Stops: If the chain continues to move while the engine idles then you should check to make sure the idle is not set too high. If it stops while cutting, see if the brake is engaged.

My Chainsaw Loses Power: If the saw loses power while operating, check to make sure all electrical connections are secure. Any break in current may cause the saw to decrease in power, stall or shut down altogether.

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