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Offline looking4firewood

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371xp not running
« on: February 13, 2014, 05:40:43 pm »
I let someone borrow my 371xp the other day, sounds like he seized the engine, as I can't pull the starter cord.    He said that it just started to smoke and stopped working.  Any thoughts on what I should do next?  I'm in the Atlanta area, the shop that I wanted to take it to closed, and the other guy that I used to rebuild a small stihl started a family and was told that he needed to spend more time with the family than in his shop.  Anybody know of a good repair shop that won't try to put the screws to me?  It has been a great saw, bought it new in 1998.

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Re: 371xp not running
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2014, 05:46:15 pm »
Pull the muffler and see if it has been straight gassed? If so, the piston will be all galled up and streaked
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Re: 371xp not running
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2014, 05:50:16 pm »
I do not know any shops in your area. First thing do what 660Magnum suggested, if you have the propper tools to remove the muffler. Would you like to do the work yourself or have someone do the work for you?
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Re: 371xp not running
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2014, 05:56:35 pm »
There's a reputable guy up above Crossville, TN that could fix it for you?
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Re: 371xp not running
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2014, 06:23:08 pm »
Thanks, I'll take a look with the muffler off.  I did notice something strange, when I took the spark plug wire off, the terminal that is screwed onto the top of the spark plug was completely stripped and was still in the spark plug wire connector.  I was able to get it out.  The spark plug looked pretty cruddy on the working end.  I would not be able to do this repair myself, as I don't have the tools or the mechanical skills to do it.

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Re: 371xp not running
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2014, 06:27:36 pm »
Probably got hot and ruined the spark plug too?
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Re: 371xp not running
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2014, 06:35:17 pm »
why are you loaning a chainsaw? is the person you loaned it too gonna make good on HIS screwup? i.e.-is he gonna pay for the repair? quit loaning your saw out unless its to someone who will pay for damage or who has something you want. if you insist on loaning your tools get a cheapo that you don't care gets ruint. just sayin
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Re: 371xp not running
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2014, 08:39:48 pm »
I charge $50 to do a top end job plus parts and shipping both ways.
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Re: 371xp not running
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2014, 10:55:02 pm »
Sorry to hear about your 371, those are nice saws and expensive to replace.    KRL does this stuff for a living.
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Re: 371xp not running
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2014, 11:22:29 pm »
I am retired just like 3000FPS, I repair saws because I like to do it, and I do not agree with some people charging outrageous fees for $50 worth of work! Make your own choice. Please consider the recommendation that 660Magnum gave you, he would not steer you wrong.
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