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Craftsman 16 inch chain saw won't start


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06-12-16, 07:19 AM   #1  
Craftsman 16 inch chain saw won't start

I have a Craftsman 38cc chain saw Model No. 358.351701. The problem started last fall with stalling when idling and hard starting. Yesterday, it ran for about five minutes, then started bogging down and finally stalled. I took it apart and found out it wasn't getting any gas, so I took the carb apart, cleaned it, and reinstalled it. Nothing. Since their is a Sears close by and they had a new carb for 28 bucks, I got one and put it on. It's getting gas, but still no start. I put a new plug in and checked to see if it was getting spark. It is, still no start. Any idea's?

 
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06-12-16, 10:42 AM   #2  
How much compression does it have?


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06-12-16, 06:22 PM   #3  
55 PSI with a cold engine at wide open throttle

 
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06-13-16, 10:30 AM   #4  
I think your cyinder and piston are scored. 55 is too low. Either it was running too lean and it overheated or there wasn't enough oil in the gas mix.


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06-13-16, 05:15 PM   #5  
Guess it's time for a new chainsaw. Thanks for the help.

 
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06-19-16, 09:15 PM   #6  
You might can get a top end kit for it for 60 bux or so and have a new saw ~!~!

I rebuild Huskies and found a good site for them and stihls but no poulan/crafstman cheap top end kits ~!~!

 
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06-22-16, 05:45 PM   #7  
Well, I was looking at the Sears parts direct website at a parts diagram. I included a link to it and I hope it works. I'm not sure if you can answer this question, but if so, what parts would I need?

CYLINDER/SHIELD/CRANKSHAFT Diagram & Parts List for Model 358351701 Craftsman-Parts Chainsaw-Parts | SearsPartsDirect

 
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06-22-16, 06:03 PM   #8  
You'd need #17 and #29 depending on the damage you have and what caused it. No oil or lubrication may have taken out the crank and rod bearing in addition to the cylinder and the piston.

It would be a good idea to make sure your compression reading is accurate. Take off the muffler so you can look inside the cylinder to see if the piston and cylinder walls are scored. If they are smooth, I would double check the compression reading. If that is actually low and you have a smooth cylinder to work with, all you may need is a piston ring.

 
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06-23-16, 06:07 PM   #9  
I'm a pretty good do-it-yourselfer so I have no doubt I could handle this job, but does it require any special tools?

 
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06-25-16, 03:51 AM   #10  
Nothing special - a Torx/Allen set, ring compressor, couple screw drivers and small combination wrenches. You can usually jury-rig something for carb adjustments.

But you want to make sure of what you have and need to change. You can get a lot of run time out of that saw, but it's not a high dollar outfit.

 
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