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Echo chainsaw ran fine a few weeks ago. Today it won't turn over. The recoil is fine. The flywheel won't turn.

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Pull the spark plug out of the saw and put a little cutting oil in the cylinder and try to turn it over.

Posted on Dec 08, 2016

Testimonial: "Yes, I removed the spark plug, poured a small amount of fuel into the cylinder and turned the flywheel with a socket on the securing nut. I know not why. But the piston was stuck. With a little pressure on the nut, the piston loosened up. Thanks,"

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    yadayada Dec 08, 2016

    When you store the saw in cold damp conditions pull the spark plug and put a little light oil in the cylinder and run the piston up and down to oil the cylinder wall, reinstall the plug and no worries of this happening again. Please rate me as HELPFUL, Thanks.

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