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I have a 18 in poulan wildthing chainsaw p4018wm the pull rope was jamed so i took it apart and wound it back but a small black spring fell out gave no idea were it goes i need a dirgram

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What you have is the spring assist starter. This is a new style starter that does not engage with the flywheel in a direct basis as starters have don for the past 50 years. What happens is that you have two springs. One to recoil the rope and one to store energy to release to the flywheel in a sudden burst. If you do not like this type starter you should be able to buy the old style and replace it. Most of the parts list I have seen still show the old style starter. Check with a full service dealer in your area if you have one. If you can not find one in your area contact southern supply company at 205-833-2525 or email them at and I feel sure Jason or someone there can help you.

Posted on Sep 13, 2009


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