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My husband has a Homelite XL-2 chainsaw and the muffler came loose - what kind of a tool do you use to tighten it.

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I think this is an older model similar but lighter than the good old CF 55. It may have two screws of #10-32 size thread on the top and bottom of a small narrow muffler that has lots of horizontal slits. It is best to replace these with SHCS socket head cap screws of the exact same length and pitch of thread and try to use some locktite blue thread lock fluid to keep them in there. Beware there are lots of different screw pitches used like 10-24, 10-32, 1/4-28 so you have to have an old one to match up when buying two new ones. Reverse it and see if it goes into the threads of the new screw beside it. These SHCS screws have the best thread and will use an allen key in english size. Larger hardware stores will have all this stuff and even seperate allen keys for that size only. If they are left loose they kill your ears, and can strip and then you can never get them tight again. The material is quite week so be very sparing on the tension after it bottoms out on the muffler, a half turn of tension can sometimes be all you can do in cast aluminum.

Posted on Apr 10, 2011

  • sknopp Apr 11, 2011

    Thank you for your information.

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