Question about Husqvarna , No.455 Rancher, 20" Gas - Powered Chainsaw

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Clutch slipping? The chain spins fine and the motor runs great but whenever I try to cut the chain stops and it like the clutch is slipping. Can you adjust the clutch or does it require a new one. Also the bar oil just seems to ooze out now. My carrier box was full of bar oil. Thanks Wes

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These are related. On your saw the oiler only supplies oil when the clutch turns, and I am going to ignore the oil problem. If it does not oil after clutch replacement please post back. The oil pump is inboard behind the clutch Please inspect it and the worm gear before reassembly.

A link to an "IPL, 455 Rancher, 455 e, 460, 2009-10, Chain Saw" follows (may not be your saw):
http://weborder.husqvarna.com/order_static/doc/HIUS/HIUS2009/HIUS2009_70.pdf
The clutch face is on item 1. Inspect the drum (item 3) for glazing. If extreme it may require replacement too. There is also a bearing (item 4) that might effect both problems I suggest you replace it as part of the clutch repair. These parts may be available at your local Husky dealer, if so it will save time and shipping cost. Showing him your parts might be a good idea too.

This is helpful with clutch removal.
R² Drive Link Outboard Clutch by Drivelink.blogspot.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdqkIuVNUQc

  1. Check the IPL for your saw to see if any special tools are needed. Poulan (Craftsman, Jonsered, Husky) clutch removal tool part number 530031112 if needed, is under $5 from many sources (look at the visible area between the weights if 2 small round sockets are visible you need the tool).
  2. There are metal piston stops available, when square (almost never) with the piston top these work well, if not square they have been known to punch through the piston. I suggest a length of nylon rope (nothing left behind) be used instead of the piston stop (retain 6" ± so you can remove it). Make certain the piston is near the top of the cylinder before feeding the cord or it can fall through the exhaust port and damage the piston as it rises.
  3. Everyone I have ever removed had a left handed thread (tighten it to loosen it).
If the link I provided is not your saw you can find yours here:
HusqvarnaUSA.com
http://www.husqvarna.com/us/homeowner/support/download-manuals/
Enter the 3 digit model number (no XPs, Es, just the numbers)
Serial number decode – useful when downloading IPLs and Manuals
06 1500198
06 = year produced – 2006 (single digit before 2000; please contact Husqvarna for single digit clarification http://www.husqvarna.com/us/homeowner/support/customer-support/)
15 = week produced – March
00198 = 198th unit Husky produced that week

If you have more questions or need additional help please reply below and I will get back to you. HTH & Good Luck.
Lou
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Probably, the interior of the clutch was soaked with oil. Try washing it out with spray carburetor cleaner by removing the cover, chain, and bar. Unless the clutch surfaces were burned from any slipping that occurred, that should restore the clutch. When reassembling, make sure you can move the tightened chain by hand. Check for proper oiling, by running the bar tip at speed in front of a piece of cardboard for several moments-- it should throw off a thin line of oil. Hope this helps!

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