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I am assuming the kickback chain brake is not on. Push it forward to make sure. If the engine revs but the drive sprocket will not turn and the chain is adjusted correctly then the centrifugal clutch is bad or the spring is broken. You will have to take the clutch out to see exactly what has broken.

Posted on Apr 25, 2010

  • NOT ME Apr 25, 2010

    Excuse me, push the chain brake backward.



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