Stih-361 chainsaw stalls

Hello, I have such a problem: a friend gave the old Calm-361, but he does not want to start. As it starts, it stalls immediately. He twisted the candle, it is wet. What does it mean?


Good afternoon!

Short work of Calm-361 immediately after start-up has characteristic features. The following describes the possible causes of malfunctions and methods for resolving them.


If its volume in the tank is insufficient, then the chainsaw will probably stall. It is not difficult to determine this: the unit ceases to work in an inclined position, since the fuel intake pipe is in empty space. Add a mixture of gasoline and oil to at least a third of the total volume. The second reason associated with fuel is its low quality, which is most often caused by incorrect proportions. Drain the mixture that was in the tank and fill it with a new one, in accordance with the instructions.

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Spark plug

It may just be old and therefore give off a spark “once”. Therefore, it is better to put a deliberately new part. Another reason associated with the spark plug is the poor contact of its central electrode and high voltage wire. Clean the candle and firmly put on the cap on it (it should go on the electrode with effort).

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Breather and silencer

The first element may be clogged. In fact, this is a kind of "breathing" hole in the fuel tank. You can clean the breather with a regular needle. Silencer may also be clogged with carbon products. It must be removed, washed with household detergent, rinsed in running water and dried.


A sudden stop in the operation of the chainsaw may be due to improper adjustment of this device. There are 3 special screws on your Shtil361 carburetor. The first of them is denoted by H (with its help the maximum revolutions are set), the second by L (adjusts the idle speed) and the third S or LA (idle speed). Before starting, unscrew the third screw counterclockwise by 1-1.5 turns and start the saw. If the engine does not stall, then look at the chain: it should remain stationary. If this is not the case, turn the screw in the opposite direction until the chain stops. If the saw accelerates too slowly when the accelerator is pressed, this can be adjusted when the engine is running with screw L.

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Check the adjustments and adjust if necessary

Other reasons

The simplest of them is a clogged air filter. It should be removed, washed in clean gasoline and dried. Another option is the wear of the cylinder-piston group. This can be determined by a compressometer (normal pressure - 8-9 kgf / sq. Cm.) Here, at a minimum, it is necessary to replace the rings, in the worst case, the cylinder assembly with the piston.

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Having studied the main malfunctions, you can cope with most problems yourself.


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