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Author Topic: Stihl MS-250 won't start fire or start after running great previous day  (Read 615 times)

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I have a Stihl MS-250 I bough new about 4 years ago. It has been running great. I have been trimming a lot of Juniper trees recently, and it has performed super, starting easily each day. I killed it at the end of the day recently, and the very next day it wouldn't fire at all. It was externally pretty dirty, so I cleaned it well and it fired up and ran okay. I killed it, expecting to use it the next day, but it wouldn't start again. It seemed to have no spark so I ordered an ignition module and installed it. It still wouldn't start. It does have spark now, but still doesn't run. I haven't taken the carburetor off yet. Any ideas? I do use conventional (no ethanol) gasoline.

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Re: Stihl MS-250 won't start fire or start after running great previous day
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2019, 12:10:36 PM »
Does compression feel normal? Did you try a new plug?
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Re: Stihl MS-250 won't start fire or start after running great previous day
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2019, 02:45:14 PM »
Easy things first- new plug, clean air cleaner, check for no obstruction in exhaust, fresh gas, check for spark which you said you did. at this point it should fire off with a little gas in throat of carb. 

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Re: Stihl MS-250 won't start fire or start after running great previous day
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2019, 09:41:50 AM »
Don't forget to check the kill switch for sticking, or shorting.

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Re: Stihl MS-250 won't start fire or start after running great previous day
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2019, 09:53:35 PM »
I took the muffler off and there was liquid inside the cylinder, but not very much. I wonder if it could have gotten flooded when I was repeatedly cranking it when it had no spark, and maybe I just need to leave it open for a day or two, then put it back together and try again now that I have spark. Thanks for all the replies. If it still doesn't start I'll try rebuilding the carburetor.

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Re: Stihl MS-250 won't start fire or start after running great previous day
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2019, 06:52:39 AM »
Only choke (ignition switch all the way down) a MS250 for 2-3 pulls max even if you don't hear it burp. Otherwise it WILL flood.

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Re: Stihl MS-250 won't start fire or start after running great previous day
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2019, 08:32:46 AM »
Usually with a flooded saw you can usually start it by holding the throttle wide open no choke and give it a few pulls, once the saw starts hold it wide open a bit to clean out the extra fuel.

If that doesn't work remove plug and and pull it over with throttle wide open and no choke then replace with fresh plug.

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Re: Stihl MS-250 won't start fire or start after running great previous day
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2019, 06:07:47 PM »
Thanks for all the replies. I finally decided to take the carburetor apart and clean it and make sure all the little passages were clear. It started and ran good as new. I had assumed that since it was running great the previous day, the carburetor was in good shape. Wrong. Thanks again.


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