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Electric Poulan Pro 400E won't run. Can't turn chain manually or turn chain sprocket either. Feels stuck and won't budge.

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Loosen the chain as it could have run over something or tightened itself as the chain dried out. But if it won't turn and it just humms or does' nothing the motor may have overheated and locked up. The motor may smell burnt ( like a hot elecrric stove) and it may be melted together. If its halfway new and you have the reciept you can try to exchange it but certain kinds of failures may not let you get an exchange

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