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Chainsaw fuel problem solution

stihl 039 handle closeupThe chainsaw is once again ripping through logs like a hot knife cutting through butter.

It turns out I was on the right track with suspecting the fuel as the culprit. The key was in the symptom details. The engine sounded and felt like it does just before it runs out of gas.

The only thing I did to get it to work this time was bring the fuel canister in the trailer for a few hours before filling it up. I had been storing it outside, which seems to be the root of my problem. Maybe it has something to do with the oil and gas mixture? My conclusion is to just keep the can of mixed gas inside along with the chainsaw and everybody stays happy and warm.

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You may want to check the breather tube on the fuel tank for blockage. This is a very common problem and fits your symptoms.
Comment by Mark Vander Meer Fri Feb 20 14:32:36 2009
We may have to try that if it acts back up. Luckily, the chainsaw's been running very well for the last couple of weeks. Phew!
Comment by anna Sun Feb 22 19:51:36 2009

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