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The engine will run but chain does not move. what could be the broblem

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Right inside of where the bolts are that hold the bar on and the chain tensioner is... there is a centrifugal clutch that engages the chain when the engine revs up...that clutch has gone bad and is not transferring the power from the saw to the chain...
Of that is assuming that the chain is on the sprocket and not sitting off to the side of the sprocket...


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