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Chainsaw cranks but wont run,new plug, filter and fuel filter.less than two years old

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Take the spark plug out (gapped 0.020") and test for spark--it should be blue and snappy. If ok, pour a little fuel mix into the plug hole and try for start--if pops several times, then you have fuel delivery problems. If none/weak spark, then remove the starter assembly and side cover over the flywheel. This will expose the ignition module--set the pole gap using a thin business card for a gauge. Turn the flywheel so that the magnets are under the module poles, insert the gauge, loosen the module screws and allow to contact the magnets. Recheck for spark--if still bad, replace the module. Back to the fuel delivery problems. Check the fuel lines for decay or other damage. Make sure the carburetor fasteners are tight. Hope some of this helps!

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