Troy-Bilt Chainsaws: 13 Common Causes of Failure to Start, Run, or Survive

It’s annoying when your chainsaw develops issues and refuses to keep running, especially if you have work to finish. Here is a checklist I made to assist you in pinpointing the source of the issue.

When the air, gasoline, and spark are cut off from a Troy-Bilt chainsaw, it will start up briefly and then stop.

Possible causes include an improperly adjusted choke, a blocked air or fuel filter, a clogged fuel line, a malfunctioning vent in the fuel tank, a blocked spark arrestor, a filthy carburetor, a broken ignition coil, or a clogged cooling system.

If you want to know more about the potential problems that might cause your Troy-Bilt chainsaw to break down, read on. Chainsaw repairs should never be attempted until the spark plug wire has been removed, the engine and muffler have cooled, and all moving parts have stopped.

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When troubleshooting, repairing, or operating machinery, be sure to read and follow all directions in the equipment’s operator’s manual. If you don’t feel confident in your ability to conduct the repair safely due to a lack of experience, training, or health, it’s best to call in an expert.

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1. Choke Problems with a Troy-Bilt Chainsaw

When starting a cold engine on a Troy-Bilt, you must engage the throttle to reduce the amount of air entering the engine. To get the best performance from a cold engine, it’s best to increase fuel pressure and decrease air pressure in the cylinder.

After the engine has warmed up, you should turn the choke lever or knob (depending on your model) to the off position to ensure the engine is getting enough air to keep running. If the choke isn’t set correctly, the engine won’t run.

FIX: Make sure the choke lever is positioned correctly: When starting from cold, use FULL CHOKE, and when warm, use RUN.

2. Troy-Bilt Chainsaw With A Clogged Air Filter

The air filter is an important component of your Troy-Bilt chainsaw that needs regular cleaning and inspection. One of its functions is to protect the engine from premature wear caused by dirt and sawdust entering the carburetor throat.

Most homeowners should check their air filters several times a year and clean or replace them as needed.

Not performing routine maintenance on a filter can lead to it becoming clogged with particles of dust, wood shavings, and other debris. It’s possible for the accumulation to be severe enough to diminish the filter’s ability to filter air. The chainsaw will inevitably die if this happens.

SOLUTION: Check the air filter to see whether it’s in decent shape and clean it if it’s unclean. If the filter is severely soiled or broken, you should get a new one.

Cleaning the air filter on a Troy-Bilt chainsaw:

  • Take off the hood and expose the engine.
  • Take out the filter and clean the vents.
  • To clean the air filter housing, use a damp cloth.
  • To clean the filter, just shake it or give it a quick brushing with a brush.
  • In case of necessity, wash it in a solution of mild detergent and warm water. If you want the water to stay clean, you should rinse in cold water. Dry the filter thoroughly before storing it.
  • Replace the dirty filter with a clean one. If the existing filter is excessively filthy, torn, or fails to seal correctly, a new one should be purchased and installed.

3. A Troy-Bilt Chainsaw with a Clogged Cooling System

The engine’s air intake prevents it from overheating and turning off. Cleaning the cooling system and removing any debris that may be blocking the air intake and cooling fins can help maintain a cool engine.

SOLUTION: Start by removing the spark plug and letting the engine cool before continuing. After removing the engine cover, clean the area surrounding the cylinder and any dirt that may have accumulated there.

The chainsaw’s airflow may be improved by cleaning the pawls on the flywheel and the cylinder cooling fins. Cover the engine back up. Do not stop cleaning the outside of the chainsaw, as there is where the air will enter the starter.

4. A Troy-Bilt Chainsaw with a Clogged Spark Arrestor

Troy-Bilt chainsaws include a spark arrestor located off the muffler to prevent sparks and hot exhaust material from flying out of the saw.

The spark arrestor protects people from injury and fires that may arise if sparks from the heated substance ignited nearby rubbish.

If carbon builds up on the spark arrestor screen of a Troy-Bilt chainsaw, it can restrict airflow and eventually cause the motor to overheat and perish.

It’s important to keep an eye on the spark arrestor screen and clean it as necessary.

SOLUTION: First, disconnect the wire from the spark plug and let the muffler cool. The muffler’s spark arrestor screen must be taken off next.

Use a metal brush to scrub the display. The spark arrestor screen should be replaced if it is severely soiled, broken, or has holes.

Make sure you run your chainsaw at full speed on a regular basis to reduce the rate at which carbon accumulates on the spark arrestor. Carbon accumulation is exacerbated when a chainsaw is allowed to idle or operate at low speeds for extended periods of time.

5. Troy-Bilt Chainsaw Running on Old Gasoline

The lack of fuel might be the primary cause of a chainsaw failing to operate or even catching fire. Gasoline components can get clogged with varnish and sticky deposits left behind by old fuel, reducing the quantity of fuel reaching the engine. As a result, the saw may suddenly turn off.

Always use new fuel with a low ethanol concentration to protect your Troy-Bilt from the damaging effects of old fuel. The fuel should consist of a 40:1 mixture of gasoline and oil.

Some advice on choosing and maintaining fuel:

  • Never burn old fuel. As little as 30 days after purchase, fuel quality might start to decline.
  • To properly fuel a 2-cycle Troy-Bilt chainsaw, use a fuel-to-oil ratio of 40:1.
  • Get fuel with an octane value of 89 or above and no more than 10% ethanol.
  • JASO M345 FD and ISO-L-EGD certified premium 2-cycle oil should be added.
  • Use a gasoline stabilizer. A fuel stabilizer, such as Sea Foam or STA-BIL, can delay the gas’s decomposition and extend its useful life. These items will dry out the fuel system and clean it as well. The effectiveness of the stabilizer in 2-cycle oils can range anywhere from 30 days to 2 years, so it’s up to the user to figure out how long they need.

SOLUTION: Remove all of the petrol from the tank. In a gas can, combine 40 parts fresh gas with 1 part 2-cycle engine oil. Cleaning the gasoline system is easier when a fuel stabilizer is used. Sea Foam and STA-BIL both provide effective products.

Put this concoction in the gas tank. You need to start the chainsaw up and let it run for a while so that the fuel mixture can circulate through the engine. Continue inspecting the fuel filter, fuel line, carburetor, and fuel tank vent if the engine is still not receiving enough gasoline.

6. A Troy-Bilt Chainsaw with a Clogged Fuel Filter

In order to protect the engine from dirt, the fuel filter acts as a barrier between the fuel system and the dirt. Inside the gasoline tank is a little cylinder-shaped component called the fuel filter.

You may locate it by following the gasoline line. If you don’t replace the filter on a regular basis, dirt will build up and prevent adequate gasoline from reaching the carburetor.

SOLUTION: Inspect and replace the filter as needed. If I start using it frequently, I prefer to replace it every year.

Procedure for Changing the Fuel Filter on a Troy-Bilt Chainsaw

  • Clean the area around the fuel tank cap first to prevent dirt from entering the tank.
  • Take careful note of the current filter’s location within the tank so that you can install the new filter in the appropriate spot.
  • To remove the filter from the tank, use a clean bent wire or a pair of needle-nose pliers.
  • Once you’ve removed the filter from the tank, you may grip the gasoline line with one hand and the filter with the other.
  • Replace the existing gasoline filter with a new one.
  • Install the filter for the fuel inside the tank.
  • Bring back the gas cap.

7. A Troy-Bilt Chainsaw with a Clogged or Punctured Fuel Line

Old gasoline’s gummy residues can block the fuel line and prevent fresh fuel from entering the engine. If the fuel line on your chainsaw is blocked, you may unplug it and give it a good cleaning to get the gasoline flowing again.

SOLUTION: To clear the obstruction, spray carburetor cleaning into the pipe. The next step is to use compressed air to blow out the obstruction. Simply keep trying until the obstruction is gone.

If you are unable to clear the blockage or if you discover that the gasoline line is dry and broken, you will need to replace it with a new line of the same diameter and length.

Additionally, repair or replace the damaged line. To put it simply, if the gasoline line on your chainsaw is perforated, air will get sucked into the fuel system, and the chainsaw will operate poorly due of the excess air in the cylinder.

8. Troy-Bilt Chainsaw with Blocked Fuel Tank Vent

For the chainsaw to function properly, air must be able to freely enter and exit the fuel tank.

When fuel is being added, air must be able to escape the tank through the vent. When the fuel level drops, air needs to be able to enter the tank as well.

Fuel cannot reach the carburetor from the tank if the pressure inside the tank is allowed to develop and a vacuum to create.

SOLUTION: Locate your Troy-Bilt chainsaw’s fuel vent and repair a clogged vent. It’s a little, circular attachment that goes on the top of the tank, in front of the grip.

9. A Troy-Bilt Chainsaw with a Filthy Carburetor

If you want to get your Troy-Bilt chainsaw started and keep it running, you need to adjust the carburetor so that it gets the right amount of air and gasoline.

Stoppages in chainsaw operation are often attributable to blockages in the machine’s passages or malfunctioning of its many minor parts. A Troy-Bilt carburetor’s inability to function properly is often caused by the use of stale gasoline.

SOLUTION: To get your carburetor operating again, you may need to clean or repair it. If this doesn’t fix it, you’ll need a new carburetor.

10. A Troy-Bilt Chainsaw’s Carburetor Requires Fine-Tuning

Carburetor fine-tuning may be required to achieve the desired variation in idle and maximum RPMs. The carburetor features a set of adjustment screws for exactly such a purpose.

A low “L” for slow rotation and a high “H” for fast rotation denote the two possible speeds for the screws. To locate the “sweet spot” where the chainsaw runs smoothly but not too slowly, let it idle and turn the “L” low-speed screw clockwise and counterclockwise.

The next step is to fine-tune the “H” high-speed until the engine revs smoothly at maximum throttle. Don’t let the RPMs get too high or you might end up damaging the engine.

There is a certain range of carburetor modifications that can be made on a Troy-Bilt. Take your chainsaw to a local Troy-Bilt maintenance provider if you continue to experience carburetor issues or if your model does not allow for carburetor modifications.

Sometimes, only your dealer will have access to the specialized equipment needed to perform the necessary modifications.

11. A Troy-Bilt Chainsaw with a Faulty Spark Plug

It’s impossible to keep the chainsaw running with a spark plug that’s dusty or damaged. The saw’s power may fluctuate or even be completely cut off if this spark plug fails to deliver a constant spark.

Check the spark plug for damage at the tip. The spark plug has to be replaced if it is particularly black in color, has shattered porcelain, or has a burned electrode.

If the spark plug is just slightly soiled, you can attempt to clean it with a wire brush before reusing it. I’d rather just get a new one. It’s a cheap maintenance item that’s essential for the smooth operation of your Troy-Bilt.

Check that the spark plug wire is properly connected and that the space between the electrodes is correct. In the event that further maintenance is required, remove the spark plug.

12. Troy-Bilt Chainsaw with a Bad Ignition Coil

Verify the ignition coil is working properly after you have checked the spark plug to make sure it is in excellent condition. To get your chainsaw started and keep it going, an electric current must be sent from the coil to the spark plug in the form of a spark.

The coil’s winding might come unwound and cause a short when it becomes too hot. With an irregular spark, your Troy-Bilt chainsaw will lose power, run slowly, or stop altogether.

The spark plug will not receive enough electricity from an ineffective ignition coil.

13. Troy-Bilt Chainsaw Engine Has a Compression Problem

There might be a drop in compression as you draw the starting recoil rope. Any Troy-Bilt chainsaw will stop working if its compression isn’t high enough.

Possible causes include damaged pistons, worn crankshaft seals, and worn piston rings.

You should get your chainsaw checked out and serviced by a small engine technician or your local Troy-Bilt service shop.

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