Know About Life

My McCulloch Chain Saw Won't Stay Running

2012-03-12   Views:8


A McCulloch chain saw that won't keep running may have a major problem. Or it may be something fairly simple that a user can diagnose and correct on his own. Troubleshooting starts with checking fundamentals -- such as switches, fuel and spark plug -

A McCulloch chain saw that won't keep running may have a major problem. Or it may be something fairly simple that a user can diagnose and correct on his own. Troubleshooting starts with checking fundamentals -- such as switches, fuel and spark plug -- and then perhaps making some corrections or adjustments. Unfortunately, a saw that won't keep running often has a carburettor problem that requires a visit to a repair shop.

Skill level:Moderately Easy

Things you need

Scrench (combination screwdriver/wrench)


1 Check basic components. Check the ignition switch to ensure it is in the "on" position and stays in that position. Ensure the gas tank is at least half full and that the fuel is properly mixed and not old. Fuel disintegrates when the saw sits for a prolonged period. If you are uncertain about the age or mixture of the fuel, empty the tank and refill it with a proper mixture.

2 Check the fuel line and fuel filter to ensure the chain saw is getting enough fuel. If the fuel line from the tank to the carburettor is kinked or split, replace it. Locate the fuel filter inside the tank and replace it.

3 Check the air filter inside the saw cover. If it is dirty, clean or replace it. Remove the muffler cover to check the spark screen arrester. Clean it gently with a wire brush and replace it if damaged.

4 Check your spark plug. If the spark plug is fouled or the plug wire is not properly connected, the engine will not fire. Remove the plug wire by pulling it straight off. Unscrew the plug with your scrench. If it is fouled with gasoline or carbon, either clean or replace it. If it is wet, it may indicate a serious carburettor problem that requires a professional.

5 Check the idle speed to ensure it is not too low. The idle adjustment screw is near the pull chain, marked "T." Turn it clockwise to increase idle speed. A properly idling saw will run smoothly but without causing the chain to move.

My McCulloch Chain Saw Won't Stay Running

Category:HomeRelease time:2012-03-12Views:130

A McCulloch chain saw that won't keep running may have a major problem. Or it may be something fairly simple that a user can diagnose and correct on his own. Troubleshooting starts with checking fundamentals -- such as switches, fuel and spark plug -[More]

How to Sharpen a McCulloch Chain Saw Blade

How to Sharpen a McCulloch Chain Saw Blade

Category:HomeRelease time:2013-08-20Views:130

McCulloch chain saws are complex pieces of lawn equipment that require regular maintenance if they are to perform at their utmost. The part that experiences the most wear and tear are the blades on the chain of the saw. These require sharpening like[More]

How to Repair the Fuel Line on a McCulloch Chain Saw

Category:HobbiesRelease time:2012-07-17Views:130

Whether you left gas in the tank over winter or it's just a few years old, one of the most common problems for a McCulloch chain saw is a bad or broken fuel line. Bad gas builds up a gummy layer inside the tube and this actually blocks the proper amo[More]

My Homelite Weedeater Won't Stay Running

Category:HomeRelease time:2012-07-28Views:130

The engine on a Homelite weed eater operates through an internal combustion engine. For these engines to continue running with full power, they need a constant supply of gas, air and spark. When any of these three components falls out of balance, the[More]

How to Identify the Model of McCulloch Chain Saw

Category:HomeRelease time:2012-10-07Views:130

McCulloch manufactures a wide variety of power lawn tools. Their chain saw line features both gasoline and electric engines. The model number can be found on the serial number plate, and most are located on either the housing or engine block so they[More]

McCulloch Chain Saw 3214 Specs

McCulloch Chain Saw 3214 Specs

Category:HomeRelease time:2013-11-08Views:130

The McCulloch Mac 3214 was a smaller chain saw designed for home use. Its relative affordability made it a popular model for homeowners who needed to trim branches, cut down small trees or cut firewood. A number of Mac 3214s are still in service toda[More]

My Husqvarna Chain Saw Won't Start When Hot

Category:HomeRelease time:2014-02-24Views:130

Husqvarna manufactures a wide variety of chain saws. The company has a reputation for making tough, reliable saws, but the saws are not indestructible. If the saw is running fine and you stop the saw for a moment and it will not restart, there are tw[More]

My String Trimmer Starts, But Won't Stay Running

My String Trimmer Starts, But Won't Stay Running

Category:HomeRelease time:2012-04-06Views:130

The engine on your string trimmer operates on the same principles as a human lung. We need to breathe in fresh air and expel poisonous gases. An engine, like a human, requires the proper amount of energy, or gasoline, to complete this process. When t[More]

My Stihl MS250 Chain Saw Won't Start

Category:HomeRelease time:2012-09-10Views:130

Every single engine that ends up in a Stihl MS 250 chain saw is required to go through an engine test. This test ensures that each chain saw has a working engine before it leaves the manufacturing plant. However, even Stihl chain saws can be troubles[More]

My Briggs 5HP Won't Stay Running

Category:HomeRelease time:2014-04-07Views:130

Briggs and Stratton is the largest small engine manufacturer in the world. The company builds small engines primarily for residential and commercial landscaping. These small engines typically run on gasoline or gasoline mixed with two cycle oil. Beca[More]

How to Repair a 1975 Yamaha RD 350 Motorcycle That Won't Stay Running

Category:HobbiesRelease time:2012-10-04Views:130

The engine on your 1975 Yamaha RD350 requires a combination of air, fuel and spark in order to run properly. Chances are that if one or all three of these requisites are missing, your RD350 won't hold a steady idle, or worse, will refuse to operate a[More]

I changed the battery in my honda accord & now it won't stay running

Category:StyleRelease time:2013-09-17Views:130

While a new battery in a Honda Accord should last you several years, factors like driving conditions and weather can affect its lifespan. If you experience problems with a newly-installed battery in your Honda Accord, it's most likely due to one of t[More]

Why Does My Poulan Pro Push Mower Fire But Not Stay Running?

Category:HomeRelease time:2015-02-17Views:130

Most running problems on a Poulan Pro push lawnmower occur due to a decrease in the air and fuel supply needed to power the combustion engine. If the fuel tank and oil supply are fresh and topped off and the engine still won't stay running, a thoroug[More]

How to Operate a McCulloch MAC 110 Chain Saw

Category:HomeRelease time:2013-10-27Views:130

The McCulloch MAC 110 chain saw was a popular McCulloch model produced during the 1970s and early 1980s. It was one of the top selling models McCulloch produced; the fact that so many are still in operation 30 years later suggests that they were extr[More]

McCulloch 1432 Chain Saw Oiler Repair

Category:HomeRelease time:2012-06-20Views:130

The automatic oiler on a McCulloch 1432 chain saw allows the oil pump to deliver oil to the bar without you needing to worry about adjusting the pump manually. This ensures enough lubrication reaches the bar during operation. At full speed the chain[More]

How Do I Set the Idle on My McCulloch Mac 130 Chain Saw?

Category:HomeRelease time:2013-05-21Views:130

The idle speed on a McCulloch Mac 130 chain saw regulates the amount of gas flowing into the carburettor when the engine is idling. This speed, through a small screw, can be adjusted to increase or decrease the idle speed. By opening and closing a ve[More]

Homelite Chain Saw Clutch Won't Spin

Category:HomeRelease time:2014-05-18Views:130

The clutch on a Homelite chain saw operates through centrifugal force: When the clutch reaches a high enough speed, the force pushes the clutch shoes outward. When the clutch pushes outward, the drive sprocket engages and powers the chain forward. Th[More]

Stihl Chain Saw Troubleshooting Guide

Stihl Chain Saw Troubleshooting Guide

Category:HomeRelease time:2012-08-26Views:130

Letting your mind wander while using a chain saw can result in a serious or even fatal injury. Noticing how and where you use your machine keeps you safe. It also gives you the advantage of staying on top of saw maintenance. For example, observing th[More]

How to Adjust the Carburetor on Poulan Chain Saws

How to Adjust the Carburetor on Poulan Chain Saws

Category:HomeRelease time:2012-03-18Views:130

The carburettor regulates the fuel-air mixture on a Poulan chain saw. The optimal carburettor settings will produce a clean sounding engine that won’t die, move the chain while idling and will cut wood quickly. Poulan saws have three carburettor adju[More]

How to repair a makita chain saw

Category:HomeRelease time:2012-09-14Views:130

Makita chain saws, like most saws, need continued maintenance to perform well. There are many key components, if missing or damaged, that will cause your Makita chain saw to cut poorly or stop running completely. These two-cycle engines require three[More]

If you are looking to add some depth and style to your hair, there are ways to do it without relying on pricey hair dyes. There are homemade hair streaks that are easy on your hair and even beneficial for it. Avoid nasty chemicals and whip up some co [More]
Boost Mobile customers can receive picture messages on their device. In order to receive the picture message, the customer's phone must be capable of receiving pictures. The picture message can be sent from a computer through any web-based e-mail acc [More]
Few garments are as humble as the simple sweatshirt. It's warm and comfortable, but has little in the way of fashion going for it. Brighten up your plain sweatshirts and give them a new use in your wardrobe by turning them into decorative cardigan sw [More]
Wiring a subwoofer to an amplifier requires you to know the amps of the subwoofer and the amplifier. For instance, if you're wiring a 400 watt, 10-inch subwoofer you would probably want to connect it to a 450 watt amplifier. Or if you're wiring an 85 [More]
Tourmaline is a semi-precious stone made up of a crystal silicate mineral compounded with other elements. It is mined primarily in Brazil and Africa, but has also been found in the United States. Tourmaline is prized by adherents to New Age spiritual [More]
Google Maps is a service that provides free maps of the world based on images taken from satellites and planes. In some locations, Google sends camera-equipped vehicles onto streets to take pictures, which then appear as Street View images in Google [More]
Teething puppies can quickly destroy everything in a house, and training a dog not to chew can take weeks or months. Consequently, sour spray---or bitter apple, as it is commonly known---is a great way to deter your dog from destroying things. Spray [More]
Minky fabric is quickly becoming a baby blanket favourite. It is soft and luxurious to the touch and comes in a variety of colours and prints. Minky fabric has a right side and a wrong side. Because it has a wrong side, a Minky baby blanket will alwa [More]
Labels are often used on glass containers such as food jars and beverage bottles. Sometimes you wish to remove the label on a container but are stuck with unattractive label glue that seems impossible to remove. By following a few simple steps, you c [More]
The Remington 570 Fieldmaster is a pump action, tubular magazine, .22-calibre rifle. It comes stock with an open sight, but mounting a scope is an option as well. It also comes standard with a trigger lock if purchased directly from Remington. It wil [More]