Jump to content

Log in or register to remove this advert

Stihl 038 not starting mystery


Recommended Posts

The bearing seating looks decent to me.As you mention,the centering of the crankshaft is critical,and may be the culprit here?I have seen a stihl wooden block part (not expensive) to ensure the crankshaft is perfectly positioned.Basically a piece of wood with an inner split.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Log in or register to remove this advert

45 minutes ago, Trailoftears said:

I can only refer you to donny walkers series of excellent vids on YouTube re:tips and tricks/tools with assembly/case splitting/bearing seatings etc.Starts to look a v.expensive rebuild job now sadly.Unless you can find a decent for spares/repair saw on Ebay?Even then shop wisely!

If I do it with aftermarket cylinder kit and crankshaft etc it’s about £150.  That is worth it as it is a good powerful saw (when not wrecked) and is a fraction of what it would cost to replace.  But if those aftermarket circlips wreck it everytime it doesn’t look like such a sensible thing to be doing.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yep,its a saw worth cherising and its replacement ms 362? Would be what?upper £800's territory.Buy the best bits poss-meteor?Hyway stuff seems to have poor reviews.I sold my somewhat tatty looking but completely original/ working perfectly 038 a month odd ago for £275 via ebay and felt like I was giving it away!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I suppose the wear on the crank web/counterweight might have been caused by part of the circlip or other parts of metal once the damage occurred rather than being out of centre.  The question remains therefore is whether such wear would imbalance the shaft so much that it needs to be replaced (I will replace the bearings anyway).

I bought the last piston from L&S Engineers as aftermarket but they have previously been reliable.  I’m currently looking at the stuff on the German site Saegenspezi.


I really like the saw.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


  • Featured Adverts


Arbtalk.co.uk is a hub for the arboriculture industry in the UK.  
If you're just starting out and you need business, equipment, tech or training support you're in the right place.  If you've done it, made it, got a van load of oily t-shirts and have decided to give something back by sharing your knowledge or wisdom,  then you're welcome too.
If you would like to contribute to making this industry more effective and safe then welcome.
Just like a living tree, it'll always be a work in progress.
Please have a look around, sign up, share and contribute the best you have.

See you inside.

The Arbtalk Team

Follow us

  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.