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Poulan pro won't start questions
« on: January 03, 2019, 12:52:11 PM »
Over the weekend, a customer gave this saw to me.
He said he got it from his brother who used it once or twice and left gas in it over the winter. In the spring it would not start.

I put fresh gas in it, and checked the spark plug and it seems to be making a spark.
But it won't start.
I was thinking about taking it to a repair shop and see if they could fix it.
I'm not sure if it's worth it or not.

What do you think? is a new carburetor worth it? do they even rebuild these carburetors?

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Re: Poulan pro won't start questions
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2019, 02:47:47 PM »
Squirt some fresh gas down the carb throat and see if it will fire, it probably will. A carb kit and new fuel and impulse lines plus in tank filter will probably smarten it up. At current shop rates that one is not worth having them doing it.
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Re: Poulan pro won't start questions
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2019, 03:18:26 PM »
For the cost of a couple fuel lines and a can of cleaner you might be able to do it yourself.  
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Re: Poulan pro won't start questions
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2019, 04:00:24 PM »
If it was really only used a couple times, it might be worth fixing yourself. Mine is the older model, the plain old 4218. It has so many little problems as well as possibly major ones, it isn't worth fixing. I'd start with gas in the carb as already stated. See what happens. It might just start running right. I stored mine with corn gas, and though it was sometimes cranky after sitting awhile, it would straighten out after running a bit. I personally wouldn't change any other hardware than fuel lines/filters. It's a $130 saw. It doesn't take too many $10 parts to get close enough to just buying another one.

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