homelite chainsaw won't start

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Old 06-09-05, 06:40 AM
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homelite chainsaw won't start

Hey guys - I was given an older homelite chainsaw. I can't get it started. No spark. This thing has a small coil that draws energy from a magnet in the flywheel. The coil is hooked directly to the spark plug. There's a kill switch that is also hooked to the coil. I've tried disconnecting the kill switch, but that does not help. Any hints? I don't want to buy a new coil until I've tried other things! thanks.
 
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Old 06-09-05, 06:39 PM
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If the wires are good replace the coil. Make sure alll conections are good If juice will run through the wires they must not be getting any Check everything with a meter
 
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Old 06-09-05, 11:51 PM
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If the only wires on the coil are the kill wire and the coil wire, and you get no spark with the kill wire disconnected, then either the coil is bad, the air gap between the coil and flywheel is wrong, or the plug is bad.
 
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Old 06-10-05, 09:02 AM
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any idea what the air gap should be? mine looks kinda wide - about 1/8" ??
 
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Old 06-10-05, 06:31 PM
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chances are the coil (resister what ever that thing is) has gone bad...happened to a lot of those old homelights....youcan by a little thing to replace the "condenser thingy" then you never need to worry about it again ...and i think other parts for homelights are obsolete now too?
 
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Old 06-12-05, 02:34 AM
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The gap should only be around .010" to .015". 1/8" is much too wide.
 
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