Pull cord - hard to pull

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Old 06-29-14, 09:22 AM
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Pull cord - hard to pull

Hi everyone,

20'' Craftsman chainsaw, 46cc/2-cycle, model # 358.250201

The pull cord is not completely stuck but it is hard to pull in a single motion. It does go very smoothly when I take the plug out though. But when I put it back in... same problem.

I looked at the piston by taking out the muffler and it looks nice and smooth so I don't think the engine is seized. Besides, it slides well when the spark plug isn't there.

Tried some gas with extra oil in the plug hole and did not seem to help.

With some effort I can get the chainsaw started and it works just fine, but it is a pain in the neck to pull that cord.

Any guesses, suggestions, other things I should look at?

Thanks!

Floren
 
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Old 06-29-14, 09:02 PM
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Did you check to be sure the chain brake isn't activated?
 
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Old 06-30-14, 05:19 AM
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The brake is not activated, once I get the chainsaw starts, it works fine.

Thanks for the reply though.
 
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You may have some carbon deposits in the head driving up the compression. Try spraying a good amount of carb cleaner down the plug hole. Then let it sit for a couple of hours, start it and run it for ten or fifteen minutes.
 
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Thanks for the tip Marbobj. I'll get some carb cleaner.
 
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