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Runs well untill it gets hot. then cuts out

It starts fine. It's a Homelite chain saw 14 inch. As soon as it warms up or there is a load aplied it starts to lose power and cut out.

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  • tomstaxiderm May 11, 2010

    When u say it starts to lose power does it sound like like it is trying to work hard before cutting out.

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If it's the little xl model, it's probably the ignition coil breaking down when it gets hot and therefore it can't and won't be able to handle a load. Also, scarred pistons skirt or rings could also be some of the problem here. Make sure your mix for a Homelite saw is 40:1 not 50:1 like most saws are. Homelite seems to run better with a heavier oil mixture. Good luck.

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