Question about Poulan Pro Chain Saw 46cc 20"

1 Answer

When I pull the rope to start it the engine doesn't want to turn

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Brigadier General:

    An expert that has over 10,000 points.

  • Master
  • 4,088 Answers

Remove the spark plug and retry pulling the engine through. If it spits out a fair quantity of liquid fuel, you have a flooding condition in the carburetor--usually a defective lower chamber diaphragm. If it still wont turn, then suspect that the engine has been run on straight gasoline without admixed oil--bad news!!. If this is so, it will have ruined the cylinder, piston, and ring(s) at a minimum. Compare labor and new parts against another comparable saw. Hope this helps and good luck!

Posted on Jul 03, 2010


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Electric start on craftsman 9 hp snow thrower won't start engine it sound like it's turning but engine won't start. I can start engine with the pull rope. Started last week with the electric start.

Sounds like you need to replace the gear drive on the starter. If the starter turns but the engine is not turning you have starter problems.

Jan 22, 2015 | Garden

1 Answer

I have a 3hp briggs & stratton//the pull rope pulls freely//it does not engage the engine and turn the engine over

You probably need to replace the starter recoil. This is not a very expensive fix. Just be aware that this problem is usually caused by having to pull the starter rope excessively because of some other starting problem. Once you replace the recoil, keep your engine running properly.

Sep 07, 2014 | Garden

1 Answer

Poulan pp5020av. the pull start binds up.

When you remove the recoil shoot a little oil on the moving parts. sometimes they get dry or even rusty and binds.

Jan 18, 2018 | Poulan PP5020AV 20 in. 50cc Gas Chainsaw

1 Answer

Engine doesn't turn over pull cord stuck

remove the starter assembly and see if it is the recoil or engine. if by removing the recoil it recoils the cord then it is most likely a seized engine but pull the rope a few times with the assembly in your hand to check it then try turning the flywheel by hand and see what happens

Feb 09, 2013 | Garden

1 Answer

Engine doesn't turn over

by "doesn't turn over" is it electric start not cranking or pull start that you can't pull the rope?

Feb 09, 2013 | Garden

1 Answer

The problem the pull rope on a Homelite blower UT08934D doesn;t always retract. While working on it i found that the rotor was loose on the shift. I tighten the nut but didn't seem go all the way...

The Homelite/Poulan starter mechanism is of poor engineering and design. Problems with them are constant in the industry. They seem to work sporadically at best. If you have taken it apart, you have seen the inferior workmanship. Granted, all metal construction would wear also, but would be more heavier-duty and last longer. Another reason (the main one) why they don't last if from working the starter/recoil unit so much because the engine won't start. And when it doesn't, 9 times out of 10, it is a fuel system (carburetor) problem. Pulling on the wimpy unit 50 times so it can start once greatly reduces it's life expectancy, and overuse is the main reason they fail.

Aug 12, 2011 | Garden

1 Answer

I have just purchase a Sears 22 Lawm mower, with a Briggs and Stratton 158cc engine. I prime the motor it act like it wants to start but then dies. I pull it and try to strat it several more times and it...

The procedure for starting an engine is as follows:
  • Check that you have the throttle in the start position and/or on high revs with choke on
  • Prime the engine by pushing the button about 5 times
  • Pull out the cord until you meet resistance. Then let the cord go fully back into the engine and then pull the cord out sharply. Repeat this until the engine starts but not more than a few times.
  • If the engine doesn't start, try pressing the primer button another few times then try to pull start the engine
  • If the engine doesn't start after a few pulls it may have flooded so leave it for a few minutes before pulling the starter rope

Apr 30, 2011 | Briggs & Stratton Briggs Stratton Intek V...

1 Answer

I have a honda gx390 13 horse engine I just put a new pull Rope on it and cleaned the carb its been sitting for 3k10 years when I pull the rope slowly it will turn the engine when I give it a good yank...

This is a common problem. The valves need adjusting in the motor. You may eventually get it started and running in this condition but you will probably end up breaking your pull rope a few times in the process. Take it to someone who works on small engines like a mower repair shop.

Apr 01, 2011 | Garden

1 Answer

Doesn,t engage with engine

sounds like the dogs and or springs are worn.When you had the cover off the machine did you check that the dogs would freely move out when the rope was pulled? They some times stick and will not engage.

Dec 26, 2009 | Toro Garden

Not finding what you are looking for?
Poulan Pro Chain Saw 46cc 20" Logo

78 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Poulan Garden Experts

Jim Parker
Jim Parker

Level 3 Expert

1041 Answers

Doctor PC
Doctor PC

Level 3 Expert

7733 Answers

Phil Walker
Phil Walker

Level 3 Expert

608 Answers

Are you a Poulan Garden Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides