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With it being a newer machine I would say the the auger belt would need an adjustment, also check to make sure both augers do not spin freely.

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Whenever the blade is engaged, it rotates on a crankshaft to cut the grass. But if there is interference in this rotation, the engine can overload and shut off or lose power. Check the crankshaft connection to see if it rotates freely. Inspect the connecting hardware for damage or rust.
You Lose Power in the Middle of Mowing:

Here`s why this happens and what you can do: Dirty Air Filter on Your Lawn Mower: Clean or replace. Dirty Spark Plug: Clean or replace. Build Up of Clippings & Debris: Clean underside of your lawn mower deck as noted above.

If the PTO clutch is not getting power, if the clutch solenoid is defective, or if the clutch is worn out, the lawn mower blades will not engage. The PTO clutch is not repairable—if the clutch is defective, you must replace it.
The mower`s spark plugs fire about 1,000 times a minute during engine operation, igniting fuel vapors as the pistons move upward. When a spark plug becomes fouled, the tips become coated with fuel, carbon, oil or dirt. This interference limits the ignition power needed for mowing on level or uphill surfaces.
A full gas tank and oil reservoir are the essential first steps when checking why the lawn mower won`t stay running, but the problem could also be a dirty filter, clogged carburetor, improper fuel mixture, or a dirty spark plug.
Loose, Dirty or Disconnected Spark Plug in Your Lawn Mower: Check it out, clean off debris, re-connect and tighten. Dirty Air Filter: Clean or replace. Fuel Not Reaching the Engine: Tap the side of the carburetor to help the flow of gas. If this doesn`t work, you might need a new fuel filter.
Over time the air filter will need to be replaced as it becomes clogged with small particles and debris, starving the engine of air, causing a loss in power. Locate the air filter cover on top of the carburetor and remove it. It may be attached by screws or just a tab. Once off, remove filter, replace, and re-assemble.
Mower blades are spinning 4000 RPMs. An unbalanced blade spinning that fast will cause a significant amount of vibration, which will put stress on yout blade shaft, spindle, and even the engine.

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Poulan pro 42 cc, no spark – Poulan Pro 42CC 2 Cycle Chainsaw, 18"
ANSWER : Try diss connecting the earth cut out wire from the ignition unit and try for a spark again, this will rule out the switch and any trapped wires, re set the air gap between the unit and the flywheel to 0.3mm, if there is still no spark the unit is bad and will require replacment, they are normally only held on with a couple of allen screws, and either bolted to the cylinder or the crankcase.

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Poulan chainsaw 18″ 42 cc, pro gas filler cap?
ANSWER : Yep they swell after a while and will not screw in or out!
Sand the threads down so that the circumference is reduced with a course file or plumbers cloth, chamfer the threads a bit on the edges. A new one will do the same thing after a while so just fix the one you have.

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Engine stops after blade is engaged – Poulan Pro 46Inch 22 HP Yard Tractor with Briggs and Stratton Engine PB22H46YT
ANSWER : A faulty seat safety switch will cause this to happen.

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Maxtra CHAINSAWS CAN YOU SUPPLY CHAINOIL PLUGS?FOR maxtra 42CC
18″-ml 72tfgcsoo8 the plug i have will not stay in place .
ANSWER : I would check jackssmallengines.com the link is below. They supply Poulan replacement parts.http://www.jackssmallengines.com/poulan_chainsaw_parts_index.cfmGood luck.

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I have a Poulan Pro 260 and the spring that attaches from the handle to the engine has boke. I am having a difficult time finding the part/part # so I can reorder. Can you help?
ANSWER : The upper av spring is part no. 545006036, check out the web for sellers.

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Need to locate a diode for a Poulan Pro riding mower
ANSWER : It is on the engine side of the two wire plug going to the engine it will only be a slight bubble in the wires

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Poulan pro bvm200vs, what is the spark plug gap suppossed to be set at?????????????
ANSWER : Re: “The plug should be set from the factory check your manual for the gap setting”Chris, If people had the manual do you honestly think they would waste their time looking for the answer online.Chris – I hope you don’t get paid for offering ‘Check your manual’ answers.

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Can you adjust the oil pump – Poulan Pro 42CC 2 Cycle Chainsaw, 18"
ANSWER : Depends on the saw. If it is adjustable then it will be adjusted from the bottom of the saw. Most have a diagram on the bottom showing which direction to turn the screw

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