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One broken bolt that holds the chain bar. It

One broken bolt that holds the chain bar. It moves but it seems to be comming from the other side of and wondered how to take the case apart to get to the broken bolt and replace it with a new one.

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You do not tell us which model Poulan, that limits how much help we can provide. The head is probably in the oil tank.
ArboristSite.com Chainsaw thread (free to join)
http://www.arboristsite.com/showthread.php?t=63219&highlight=Bar+stud+replacement
Post 6 in this thread is quite good. I have seen a post that required repair of the casting (with photos) to repair. I was not able to find it.
Look closely at the old one, once removed, See if it has some sealer applied
The IPL for your saw can be found here:
Poulan.com
http://www.ordertree.com/modelinfo/POULAN-WEED-EATER/75.59.html
The dash number of your serial number is the type.
If I can be of further help please reply below. HTH

Lou

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