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Stihl Chainsaw Starts Then Stalls

The chainsawsmall engine often has a separate model number. Use the small engine model number for a complete list of symptoms and parts. Watch our model # lookup video for help finding the model number.

MS 290

The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Chainsaw starts then stalls are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Chainsaw starts then stalls

Cause 1Air Filter

The air filter may be clogged or dirty. If the air filter is clogged, the engine will get too much fuel and not enough air. As a result, the engine may stall or run roughly. Inspect the air filter to determine if it is clogged. If the air filter is clogged, replace it.

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