- Nov 1, 2006
- North-central Indiana, USA
I apologize if this question has been asked before, but I looked thru several pages of posts and didn't find an answer. I am having ignition problems with both my Stihl 041 saws. The AV will start and run for a very short time, then pop back thru the carb and die. I've went thru the fuel system and everything there is fine (thought maybe it was leaning out). I described the problem to an experienced Stihl mechanic I know, and he said it was a classic sign of a condensor going bad. Also my Farm Boss has suddenly developed intermittent spark issues. The local Stihl dealer wants almost $60 for a new set of points and condensor ($120 for both saws!). To me that just seems rediculous. Then there is the PITA of having to use a special puller just to get the flywheel off. It seems to me, that the ideal solution would be to convert both saws to electronic ignition. My small engine parts supplier stocks a couple different versions of those little EI conversion modules for small engines (a single-wire and a two-wire). Can I simply use one of these modules on these saws, maybe mounted in place of the points? Or is it more complicated than that? I've been working on lawn equipment all my life (including chain saws), but I haven't tried anything like this before, so any info would be much appreciated. If I can do this on these saws, maybe I can also do it on a couple of other old points-ignition saws I have.