Yep. The Echos are definitely top notch.
I just got done working on my 452VL. I managed to get the clutch off with just a bit more persuasion than I used yesterday.
I found the problem with the oil system. Once I had the clutch off I could see how the system works. I removed the two screws with the ball and springs that go into the two oil channels cast into the casing. I cleaned the two channels a bit and then replaced the o- rings on the screws and reinstalled the balls, springs, and screws. Then I removed the plug with the two o-rings and the nipple for the oil pickup hose. Then the problem was apparent. There was no oil hose connected. It wasn’t oiling because I didn’t have enough oil to reach where the pickup tube connects.
I drained the oil tank and then thoroughly cleaned it with brake cleaner. It’s hard to much of the inside of the tank but I found no evidence of the hose or the strainer spring inside the tank. Nothing rattled in there when I shook the saw and I even fished around in there with a magnet but no luck. I poked around on those internets looking at parts diagrams and found what was missing listed as unavailable so I had to figure out how to rig something up.
I ended up with a hose, a spring, a wood screw, and a nut. I cut the end of the hose at a taper, pushed the spring in and secured it with safety wire. Then I put the nut on the screw and screwed it into the spring. The nut was for weight to help keep the hose at the bottom of the tank.
I tried to put it in the tank but I couldn’t get it to go towards the bottom because of the filler neck in the tank. I had to make an installation tool out a piece of wire to coerce the hose to aim towards the bottom of the tank. Here’s the setup:
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I also replaced the two o-rings on the plug. Here it is ready for installation:
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Once I got the hose to the bottom of the tank I was able to remove the wire and then cut the hose to the length I want and attach it to the plug. Then I lightly greased the O-rings and carefully pressed it into position.
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Now I just needed to put the starter and the clutch back on, put some fuel and just an inch or so of oil in it and see what happens. With the adjuster knob removed I set the oil shaft at one turn out. Then I fired it up.
It took just a bit for it to prime itself but oil finally came out. I checked the manual oiler and it produced a nice blast of oil.
I adjusted the oil shaft to where it was not oiling at idle but a quick pull of the throttle and it would instantly send a steady stream. I then installed the adjustment knob the give me the best range of adjustment.
Before I call this project complete I cleaned it up a bit and set it in a paper towel completely full of fuel and bar oil.
Tomorrow I’ll check for leaks. If there are no leaks I’ll drain it completely, run it dry, and stick it back on a shelf. lol
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My CS302S is next. I haven’t fired it up for quite a while either. We’ll see what happens.