How do i replace my chain saw fuel line?

do_it_yourselferOctober 16, 2010

My fuel line is broken on my craftsman chain saw. The plastic tube goes down into the engine where it doesnt seem accessible. How do i find a replacement tube and connect it?

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On a 20 yr old Poulan that hadn't been started in several yrs, I found the right size plastic tubing that was compatible with gasoline at an auto parts store. To install it required removing several items: Cover, gas tank, carb (or whatever provides fuel). After all this, the chainsaw still would not start.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2010 at 8:33AM
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Best fix is to take it to a repair shop. The labor to replace a fuel line is low. The correct hose needs to be used.

Often, to replace a fuel line on a chain saw, the engine and fuel tank need to be removed to get access to the part. The fuel line is inserted into the fuel tank through a very small hole in the tank and takes some experience to replace without putting a hole in the new line.

You might find an experiences person to help---if you lived in Kansas City, I could show you how fairly easily.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2010 at 11:11AM
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I just had to do this with a 25 year old Poulan. I happened on a web site that has great little videos on small engine repair. Here is the link to the video on how to replace a chainsaw fuel line. Hope it helps.

Here is a link that might be useful: Replace fuel line video

    Bookmark   October 17, 2010 at 2:37PM
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That video is quite good----for that type saw. If the fuel tank is in front of the motor---that video is only good for the way to insert the new line.

I used a home made wire hook to find and pull out the line with the filter. I did have the forceps to install the new line.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2010 at 1:24AM
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Hopefully you used silicone fuel line - plastic hardens and cracks. I got replacement fuel line for a leaf blower from a small engine repair place, and what a difference - much more flexible.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2010 at 1:26AM
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I've got an old David Bradley 360 chain saw and the line inside the tank needs to be replaced. Any ideas or experience out there how to connect a new fuel line to the little nipple at the bottom of the fuel tank? It's pretty deep down there.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2013 at 9:30PM
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"Hopefully you used silicone fuel line - plastic hardens and cracks."

Some sources note that silicone is not durable for gasoline. Better research the subject before installing. The RC engines typically do not use gasoline for fuel.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2013 at 7:36AM
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It's a Craftsman! Take it to Sears. They may fix it for free.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 10:18PM
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Sears can't even supply a replacement fuel tank for my saw!

    Bookmark   November 13, 2013 at 2:50PM
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