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Won't start my poulan wildthing is getting spark, gas and has 100 psi compression but won't start. the carb settings have never been touched until now, as I'm trying to figure this one out. any idea's???

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  • hondajeff Jul 15, 2009

    thanks, i forgot to mention that i have drained the gas, put new (fresh) gas back in and also put a new plug in. it's got me puzzled. when I try to start it i get nothing, I pull the plug to check and it is wet with gas like it may be getting too much.

  • hondajeff Jul 15, 2009

    thanks, i forgot to mention that i have drained the gas, put new (fresh) gas back in and also put a new plug in. it's got me puzzled. when I try to start it i get nothing, I pull the plug to check and it is wet with gas like it may be getting too much.

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I have the same model chainsaw, and sometimes it's very difficult to start. If you pull the plug and it's wet, with the plug still out pull the starter rope about ten times to clear out the excess gas. Dry the plug and put it back in and try to start it with the choke off. If it fires up, be ready to put the choke on if it starts. I forgot to mention that before starting you should pull in the trigger, push down the button on top of the handle, and hold it down while releasing the trigger. This sets the trigger so that it is on slightly. If it doesn't start, pull in the trigger and give it a few pulls that way. If it doesn't start, pull the plug again and see if it is wet. If it's dry, put the choke on and try to start it. If it still doesn't start, pull the plug, pour a few drops of gas in through the plug hole, replace the plug and try to start it with the choke on. If it still won't start, get a Stihl chainsaw.

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Drain the fuel and put in fresh gas. Change the spark plug. Prime and start as described in your start directions.

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