How to Rebuild a Chainsaw Carburetor


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This step-by-step chainsaw repair guide shows how to rebuild a chainsaw carburetor. The carburetor controls the air and fuel mixture that powers the engine. If the engine won’t start although the tank is full of fresh fuel, test the carburetor by removing the air filter and pouring about a teaspoon of fuel into the carburetor. Pull the starter rope. If the engine starts but quickly dies, the carburetor is likely the problem. Rebuild the carburetor using a manufacturer-approved rebuild kit.

Use this procedure to rebuild the carburetor on Craftsman, MTD, Poulan, McCulloch, Troybilt and Husqvarna chainsaws.

If you’d rather replace the carburetor, see How to Replace a Chainsaw Carburetor.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Chainsaw carburetor

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required:

  • Allen wrench
  • 7/16" socket driver
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Torque wrench (optional)
  • Approved fuel container
  • Work gloves
  • Paper towel or shop rags

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

 Tip: If your carburetor differs from the one shown, check your service manual for directions specific to your model.

Step 1: Drain the fuel tank

In a well-ventilated area, remove the fuel cap and drain the tank into an approved storage container. 

Step 2: Remove the cylinder shield

Using an Allen wrench, remove the screws that hold the cylinder shield to the engine. Lift off the cylinder shield.

Step 3: Disconnect the spark plug wire and remove the air filter

Disconnect the wire from the spark plug. Pull the cover off the air filter housing and remove the filter. 

Step 4: Remove the carburetor mounting nuts

Using a 7/16” socket driver, remove the two mounting nuts that secure the carburetor to the engine.  

Step 5: Detach the air filter housing

Pull the air filter housing off the carburetor.

Step 6: Disconnect the fuel lines

Pull the carburetor away from the engine block. Be careful not to bend the throttle linkage or damage the gas lines. Use needle-nose pliers to detach the gas lines from the carburetor. 

 Tip: For accurate reassembly, take digital photos of the throttle linkage on the carburetor and of the gas line connections.

Step 7: Remove the carburetor

Disconnect the throttle linkage. Pull the carburetor completely off the mounting studs. 

Step 8: Disassemble the carburetor

Place the carburetor on a clean work surface and remove the screws from the bottom cover. Detach the cover. 


Peel the metering diaphragm and gasket from the bottom of the carburetor. Line up the parts in order as you pull them off. With the metering diaphragm removed, locate a lever on a hinge. Remove their mounting screw and detach them.


Remove the pump cover screw on the top of the carburetor. Pull out the pump diaphragm. Remove the screw securing the needle and fuel lever. 


 Tip: To speed reassembly, take digital photos of the parts before removing them.

Step 9: Clean the carburetor

Remove the screw securing the needle and fuel lever. Clean all ports and jets in the carburetor with carburetor cleaner and compressed air. Allow the carburetor dry for at least 10 minutes.

Step 10: Reassemble the carburetor

Install the needle and lever to the bottom of the carburetor. 

Install the metering diaphragm, gasket and bottom cover. 

Install the pump diaphragm and the top cover. 


Step 11: Reinstall the carburetor

Replace the carburetor-mounting gasket.

Connect the throttle linkage.

Slip the carburetor onto the mounting studs and push it into place.

Connect the fuel lines.

Step 12: Fasten the carburetor

Replace the mounting nuts and tighten them to seal the gasket between the engine and the carburetor. 

 Tip: To avoid damaging the gasket by over-tightening the mounting nuts, use a torque wrench to tighten them to 25 in./lbs. If you don't have a torque wrench, tighten the nuts reasonably tight.

Step 13: Install the air filter cover and connect the spark plug

Position the air filter in the housing and replace the cover. Reattach the spark plug wire.

Step 14: Reinstall the cylinder shield

Reinstall the cylinder shield on the chainsaw. Refill the fuel tank.