Question about Homelite Garden
Only certain models of Homelite XL chainsaws have a compression release valve. See this picture:
http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/7717/vol4xl9xx002.jpg The only models that do have the valve are distiguished by a G in the details of the model (right column).
If yours is one of the models with the compression relief valve they are either a button near the intake mainfold or and automatic valve net the exhaust port. All others use ports in the cylinder head for decompression. If the cylinder head gets coated with carbon and these get blocked you can have the symptom you describe. You might be able to use an old spark plug (Cylinder head pointed down) then remove the muffler and fill the cylinder with Chemtool B-12 to attempt de-coking / de-carbon of the head. Let is sit for a day or 2 with the chemtool in the cylinder. After that remove the old spark plug, clear out the residual chemtool and then try a start. This works about 60% of the time... the others the head has to be removed and soaked in a solvent tank.
Before you do all of the above with the muffler off... look for any signs of tiny holes in the exhaust port of the head that may be blocked. Use a knife blade and scrape a bit diring the search. A word to the wise... do NOT us a scribe in any of the holes if there are any.... I have broken off the scribe in the hole an ended up buying the customer a new head! Try as I may I just could not drill it out and by the time I would have had the machine work done to make it right.. the cost was nearly the same. The Chemtool will also clean these ports if you keep the cylinder filled.
One last oh by the way....Remove the old spark plug to drain the chemtool... do not let it get into the crankshaft seals as it will trash them if exposed to the seals for more than a few minutes..
Let me know how it goes.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Turn the Homelite chainsaw so that the bar and chain are laying flat and the starter cover is facing up. Loosen the four starter cover screws by unscrewing them counterclockwise with the screwdriver.
Take the starter cover off of the engine. Turn the starter cover over to work on the pull starter. Pull the rope out about 6 to 8 inches.
Twist a loop into the end of the rope. Insert the intersection of the two ropes into the notch on the upper flange of the pulley. Rotate the loop back and forth until you notice the recoil spring has disengaged. Unwind the rope from the pulley. Cut off any old rope if you need to replace it with a new rope.
Unscrew the screw holding the pulley to the starter cover using the screwdriver. Take the pulley off the starter cover. Turn the pulley over and remove the recoil spring cassette from inside the pulley.
Inspect the spring inside the cassette to see if it is damaged or overstretched. Replace the recoil spring cassette if it is broken. Lubricate the post on the starter cover using about a dime-sized amount of engine grease.
Put the recoil spring cassette back into the pulley. Set the pulley onto the starter cover and tighten the screw down with the screwdriver. Wind the starter rope back around the pulley in a clockwise direction.
Leave about 6 to 8 inches of rope unwound. Form another loop at the end and insert the loop into the notch on the pulley. Rotate the loop back and forth until you notice the tension is set on the recoil spring.
Remove the loop and place the starter cover back over the engine. Pull the rope out 6 inches and tighten the starter cover's screws using the screwdriver. Release the rope and it should automatically retract
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