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Chain saw won't start - pull starter pulley hard to pull?

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  • AyeAye May 26, 2010

    Took the spark plug off and pulley works like normal - but when the spark plug was reinstalled, it was hard to pull again. Would that be the diaphram needs to be replaced? Where can I get the part?

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If it worked fine the last time you used it, then pull the spark plug and try pulling the rope. See if it's easier or if gas shoots out of the plug hole. I've seen this happen when the diaphram in the carb goes bad from sitting over winter. It loads up the cylider with fuel and makes it very difficult to pull the rope. If there is no fuel in the cyliner and it's still hard to pull, make sure there is nothing binding the clutch/sprocket. I've had chucks of wook lodged in there that caused it to bind the crank output, which resulted in a hard pull on the rope as well.

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