How to Troubleshoot a Poulan Chain Saw That Won't Start

Repairing your Poulan chainsaw can be easy if you know what you're looking for. This simple diagnostic repair plan lets you identify the faulty mechanism, replace or repair it, and start buzzing again using tools you already have in your tool box.

Chain saw

Troubleshoot Ignition

Step 1

Remove the three screws on the chain saw's face plate.

Step 2

Remove the spark plug with the wrench. Clean the plug with a toothbrush if it looks dirty.

Step 3

Squirt starting fluid into the spark plug hole.

Step 4

Replace the spark plug and try to start the chain saw. If it doesn't start, replace the spark plug with a new one.the

Troubleshoot Fuel Lines

Step 5

Check the fuel lines for corrosion and decay. If necessary, replace them.

Step 6

Gauge the fuel levels. Refill the fuel tank if necessary.

Step 7

Inspect the fuel filter for blockage or discoloration. If the filter appears dirty, replace it with new one.

Troubleshoot Carburetor

Step 8

Turn your chain saw on and let it idle. If your saw stalls out on idle or if the chain rotates, your engine speed is set improperly.

Step 9

If your chain rotates on idle, reduce the engine speed by turning the idle screw counter-clockwise.

Step 10

Increase the engine speed if your saw stalls out by turning your idle screw clockwise.

Step 11

Repeat the adjustments until your chain saw runs at a proper speed and cuts wood without stopping.

Step 12

If the chain saw still doesn't start, bring it in to a Poulan repair shop.