New husky 235 chainsaw won't start

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Dixie Bluegrass, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. Dixie Bluegrass

    Dixie Bluegrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    I have a friend that bought a new Husqvarna 235 chainsaw from Lowes. He was using it on its first tank when it died. He gave it to me to repair and I can't really figure it out. The piston and bore look good, compression is good. It is getting fuel but it won't fire even once! I have used different spark plugs but it still won't fire. I turned the crank with the plug out and it is sparking.
    My thoughts are that the ignition coil is not sending out a hot enough spark, but I can't say for sure. Do ya'll have any suggestions/problems like this? Thanks.
  2. 2stroked

    2stroked LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 296

    spray starting fluid in the spark plug hole and see if it fires.
  3. RTR Landscaping

    RTR Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    Take it to a dealer.
  4. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,133

    Dump the fuel out and replace with fresh (bought today) fuel and mix oil. Chances are the fuel is stale. Also make sure the chain brake is OFF, those cheap saws dont usually have the power to start with the brake on.
  5. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 16,423

    Yep, check the chain brake, and check that the chain isn't overly tight on the bar. Far too many homeonwers have no idea how to properly tension a chain, and crank them up too tight. Make sure it is in the bar groove properly and not bound up somewhere. Also check that the choke/start knob is pulled out all the way, which lifts the choke lever up at the same time into the start position. Make sure you are pushing the primer bulb in all the way, and alowing it to come all the way back out before pushing it in again. IHTH
  6. Dixie Bluegrass

    Dixie Bluegrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    Success! I poured all the old gas out and put in fresh fuel and oil. Adjusted the chain and took the chain brake off. Started up like nothing was ever wrong. Thanks very much.
  7. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,944

    Next time buy a Sthil
  8. GlynnC

    GlynnC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    Stihls run good on stale fuel????????????????
  9. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,565

    btw husky > stihl any day of the week
  10. castlerockmo

    castlerockmo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 867

    That husqvarna is a poloun. I have one its ok but not a true husqvarna. But a true husqvarna is much better than a stihl IMHO.
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