stihl problems!

bday440May 31, 2010

I have an MS440 saw that runs great in winter, but will not idle or start correctly in the summer. After it does run for a while and gets hot it will not run period. It does fire if you hold it wide open, but then dies. I have taken it to the dealer. He adjusted the carb, and said he couldn't see any problems. I called another dealer and he said it sounded like the cylinder walls are scored and building pressure up in carb during warm season operation. I took a look at the cylinder. There is some scoring, but not sure how bad it is. So What Do you guys think? I've pretty much had it with this saw!! It's heading for the trash if I can't figure something out soon!

Thanks for any help! Brett Day

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What is the histoty of the saw? Did you get it used? If the previous owner did not maintain it properly then you can chalk this one up to experience. Scoring would be a real bad situation. Did you check the compression? Its too bad because the ms440 is one of the best saws out there. The good news is that Stihl has the highest resale value from any brand. If you put it on ebay and get good money for that can go toward a new saw (perhaps another ms440?)

    Bookmark   June 1, 2010 at 6:02AM
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I bought the saw new. After I had used it a few times I noticed dust in the carb throat, so I took it back to the dealer. He checked the filter plate, the filter and said he couldn't find anything. I had taken the carb off to clean it, and noticed someone had clipped the rubber tube that connects the filter plate to carb. That is where the dust was coming from. The saw doesn't have many hours on it, but is old enough the warranty is out. Could that dust cause the damage that quickly?

    Bookmark   June 1, 2010 at 7:57AM
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