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My Poulan Pro chainsaws start but won't stay running. Model #'s pp3516avx & pp4218avhd please advise. Thanks Dave

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Good morning Dave.... I know that it's totally frustrating to have a chainsaw start and not stay running. I was able to locate a link that addresses the issue very thoroughly. Review this information and be aware that an expert will also respond within the next two business days if not sooner. I hope this helps you and have a nice day.
by Manage My Life
November 6th, 2012
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Mark T
Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the chainsaw. If the fuel mixture in the chainsaw is older than 5 weeks old, it should be drained. Then refill with fresh fuel mix. If this does not help I suspect there is a problem with the fuel system. I recommend checking in the fuel tank first. When you look in the tank, you should see a fuel line with a white filter attached to the end. Then inspect the fuel line. If it is hard and brittle, it has to be replaced.


is a video that shows how to replace the fuel line. If the fuel line is fine, I suspect the carburetor is to blame. The carburetor will have to be cleaned or replaced.


is a video that show how to clean the carburetor. Before you remove the carburetor, make sure to note the fuel line and cable connections. This will save a lot of frustration later. The parts for the chainsaw can be ordered from the following link.

Parts for Craftsman chainsaw

I hope this helpful. If you need further assistance, please reply below with more details.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired by a Sears technician. Here is a link that will provide the nearest drop-off locations:

Sears Home Services


Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.
by Mark T Earned 2,131 community points in Chain Saws
November 6th, 2012
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n athan juhala
new saw wont stay runnig i tried every thing but tack it back to home depot
by n athan juhala Earned 8 community points in Chain Saws
17 days ago
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