Stihl FS 85 *Pinging*

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  1. reelgrass92

    reelgrass92 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    I bought a FS 85 last year. Ever since I had it there has been a pinging. Not sure if it is the centrifical clutch or what, but in the manual it says to use 89 octane gas to get the pinging to stop.
    I have had no trouble out of this trimmer. Using 89 octane gas would be a little more trouble. Any Suggestions:confused:
  2. samey same.

    I don't think it's preignition (ping) in the engine. Sounds like the clutch to me. I have a performance enhanced 454 Chevy, so I only buy 93 octane and have always heard the Trimmer pinging at idle.
  3. WPLE

    WPLE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    Use the 89. it helped my trimmers
  4. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    I had an FS 85 that pinged from day one. Took it back to the dealer, bitched about it, but it worked fine. Dealer said to use the 89, but it never went away. Worked fine for 3 years before it finally gave out on me. Bought a new one, have never heard a ping from it. Crazy.

  5. WPLE

    WPLE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    I bought a 85 two months ago and it pinged until I read to use the 89. I got a FS80 last week to the help and it hasn't pinged yet (when i used it) but i have ran 89 in it from day one.
  6. Navig8r

    Navig8r LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 477

    Ditto on what BlueSteel said...... Mine "pings" at idle, but runs strong as anything..... no problems with ignition or otherwise... no misfires, etc........
    There was a thread quite a while back that explained this noise on the stihls....... something having to do with the shoes in the clutch...... almost a bell like sound....... "ding, ding ding......."
  7. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,704

    My fc 85 pro stihl edger makes a metallic rasping ding, ding, ding sound at idle.
    once off idle, the sound disappears.
    I've noticed the same sound from my friends stihl edger, the same model, plus the Stihl string trimmer he has with the same engine.
    My Stihl hedge trimmers do not make that noise, nor does my br-400 or the 026 pro saw.
    My string trimmers are all Shindawi and they don't make that sound either.....
    I run 93 octane in all my's probably normal for that particular engine.
    Like the previous post, most manuals specify 89 or higher on octane...So I spend a little more for premium. My Hustlers both like it, I think it makes all my gear run a little smoother.
  8. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    Yeah, that's exactly the noise mine made. Never affected any work, just sounded like a bell when I was using it.

  9. stevo22

    stevo22 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 344

    ditto on th bell sound at idle...once the idle is up it is gone...awesome trimmer...fs80..
  10. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,938

    Turn up the volume on the Worktunes, the "ding-ding-ding" goes away.

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