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Stihl chain saw too rich ;-(
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calypso    Posted 12-05-2003 at 05:07:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I put in a waaay too rich fuel mix in my stihl chain saw yesterday - then it wouldn't start. I tried to thin down the gas and start it to no avail. I pulled the plug, dried it, still no start. If I fouled the plug is it a goner? Any tips on getting it going will be greatly appreciated.

Ludwig    Posted 12-05-2003 at 07:10:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Too thick gas shouldn't make it not start right away, but would make it hard to restart later.
I've never used one of the sandblaster things but it sounds like I should buy one I got through a lotta plugs. Once they're fouled they're toast unless you sandblast 'em. I keep a bunch of extra plugs around just for that occasion.

calypso    Posted 12-05-2003 at 07:35:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The saw had been working the day before just fine. I loaded the same gas thinned down some into another Stihl I have and it ran but smoked like a defiant teenager! I wonder if I could use emery cloth until someone tells us where to get the blaster?

Ludwig    Posted 12-05-2003 at 08:10:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Plugs are cheap. Buy 2 at the same time.
Maybe if you soaked 'em in a cup of carb cleaner? Then blow it off with air.
I've also had reasonably good luck heating them up with a torch.

Lazy Al    Posted 12-05-2003 at 05:52:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a little sand blaster and sandblast my spark plugs all the time , Makes them just about like new . blow them out after you blast them to get the sand out , I hold them with a pair of pliers so I don't sand blast my fingers though .
I would dump out the wrong gas clean the plug and keep trying it untill all the to rich gas is out of the carb .

glen sw wi    Posted 12-05-2003 at 05:45:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Should not have done any damage. Just dump the old gas and put in the correct mixture. Spray a LITTLE either into the intake and let her rip.

Calypso    Posted 12-05-2003 at 07:03:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks to both of you - good advice. I had heard that once a plug (2 cycle) is fouled - it is history. I will do as you two suggest and check to see if I have spark -

Where did you get the sandblaster? I have seen some larger ones at Harbor Freight.

Nathan    Posted 12-05-2003 at 18:28:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Harbor Freight, Northern and other places sell a spark plug blaster for $10-$20. It has a small cloth bag with media inside. Just hook the air hose to it and have at it.

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