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Poulan 2 cycle gas chainsaw 18 inch. Was real

Poulan 2 cycle gas chainsaw 18 inch. Was real busy up in trees and forgot to add Bar oil. It started smoking. i tried to engage saw to rotate chain and it wouldn't move. Added oil and it still won't start.

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  • sajwrite Feb 02, 2010

    The engine will not start. I removed chain and inspected it. Adjusted tension and checked the chain brake - all okay. I followed manual instruction for deflooding. Still won't start.

  • sajwrite Feb 02, 2010

    The engine will not start. I removed chain and inspected it. Adjusted tension and checked the chain brake - all okay. I followed manual instruction for deflooding. Still won't start.

  • sajwrite Feb 02, 2010

    The engine will not start. I removed chain and inspected it. Adjusted tension and checked the chain brake - all okay. I followed manual instruction for deflooding. Still won't start.

  • sajwrite Feb 03, 2010

    I'll be clear. Oil was added to gas- Inside is not toast- all shiny. Smoke came from chain housing. Not muffler. All cleaned and reinstalled per specs- tension etc. Better?

  • lindsay836
    lindsay836 May 11, 2010

    You probably burned up the bar sprocket. Remove bar and chain, engine should now start. You will have to get a new bar( and maybe chain also) unless you can oil sprocket and free it up.

  • dontbother10
    dontbother10 May 11, 2010

    Chech for spark: Ignition Coil Test by SmallEng.comhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7WNBDRG4... You may need to use a jumper wire between the threaded part of the plug and the cooling fins. You do not have to bend up the electrode. Inspect the plug when you remove it reply with whether it is wet or not.

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    dontbother10 May 11, 2010

    Take it to a local saw shop they will tell you it is cooked!

  • dontbother10
    dontbother10 May 11, 2010

    You are not answering the questions I am asking. Look inside the engine! It is toast! Posting the same thinh 3 times is not helping!

  • dontbother10
    dontbother10 May 11, 2010

    The engine got so hot it was smoking? Not the bar and chain? Did you forget to add 2-cycle oil? Do this and reply to me with what you find in the cylinder. Was this saw perhaps operated in a lean condition (metal transfer from the piston to cylinder wall)? This may be caused by many things including but not limited to; leaky intake connections at the engine or carburetor; leaky crankcase seals; or running on gasoline containing no 2-cycle oil. · Remove the spark plug wire and plug. Remove the muffler, hold a light at the plug hole and inspect the cylinder through the exhaust port. Is it smooth and shiny or does it appear speckled with dull gray spots or smears? · Pull the starter slowly, inspect the piston as it rises and falls. Is it a dull gray without scratches and gouges? · Hold the light at the exhaust port and look through the spark plug hole, inspect the cylinder above the exhaust port. Is it shiny and smooth or speckled with gray spots or smears? Any spots or smears on the cylinder or deep scratches and gouges in the piston indicate the saw was operated in a lean condition. Repair of this on a home owner quality saw often exceeds replacement cost. A repair estimate by an independent saw shop should be considered.

  • dontbother10
    dontbother10 May 11, 2010

    What wolld not start? Does the engine run? Is the chain brake dis-engaged? Can the chain be rotated by hand? I think you welded the chain to the bar. Can you remove the bar and chain? Is it a Poulan PP4218? Reply below below with some answers to my questions so I may answer yours.

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No bar oil should just hurt your chain and bar. remove them and try to start saw. if it still won't start you have other problems you may have to buy a new bar and chain

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