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Craftsman chain saw model 358.351202. saw was working great and all of a sucdden stoped running. would start and run maybe a min. and stop again. gas ok,

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
February 15th, 2012

craftsman chain saw model 358.351202 was working great and suddenly engine stopped. gas ok, changed spark plug, same problem, replaced fuel line and filter, same problem, cleaned air filter, same problem, replaced carburetor same prob. adjusted carb, same prob. saw sitll starts and runs about half a min and stops......Help...

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@Bobby: It does indeed sound like it's starving for fuel if the plug is dry. When you first start it up, do you have any problems with that or does it fire right up like normal? If it seems to have trouble starting up initially there may be something going on with compression that's causing all of this to happen.
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February 15th, 2012
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Same problem, I have replaced the fuel line and filter at end of fuel line in tank also fuel line for pressure back to gas tank that goes to engine. I always also replaced the spark and checked it for spark, but it runs for about 1 minute and then stops. Then when I pull out the plug it is dry and sparks but if I pour 1 half of an ounce of gas into the tank it runs again almost forever unless I try to give it more gas and then whole cycle starts all over once again but as I said if I run it on half throttle it seems to run forever. The model number is 358.351.202 but I have the manual but Sears can't seem to help me. I believe now it is the carburetor and although I have cleaned it That is my belief. It seems it is starving for gas. Luckily I have another model Sears saw that works flawlessly.( Bobby )
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February 15th, 2012
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well, that takes me back away from the ignition coil. that sounds like it's getting fuel from being choked and then running that out and stopping.

With everything you've replaced/checked on it I want to say that it almost will have to be the ignition coil. but it's sure not acting like the usual coil failure. Go ahead and check the coil as Kevin described and lets at least get that out of the way.
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March 24th, 2011
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It starts back up almost immediately, have to choke it a little. then it will run for maybe half minuite
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March 24th, 2011
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I had a different answer posted here intially. After going back over this, I realize that I have missed where the carburetor was replaced.

With that being the case, this will almost certainly be an issue with the ignition coil. You mentioned that it starts back after it dies out. About how long after it dies until it can be started back? If it's immediately, we may have something else going on. If it has to sit for a little while, then I would say the ignition coil is the issue.

Let me know back here on this thread what happens when the saw dies.

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by Manage My Life
March 24th, 2011
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Kevin Bowley
Hi, It sounds like you may have a bad ignition module. What happens when they fail is textbook to your experience. When the module warms up, it fails to produce a spark. To test, have a spark plug wrench at the ready. Start your chain saw and run it until it dies. Quickly remove the plug and test for spark. You can test for a spark by placing the spark plug so that the metal section is making contact with the engines cylinder head next to where the spark plug hole is. Then pull the engine over and watch for a spark across the gap at the bottom of the plug. If there is no spark, the module is bad and will need to be replaced. Give this a try and lets us know your results.
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by Kevin Bowley
March 23rd, 2011
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March 22nd, 2011
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