Once You Go Lumberjack

Cheap chainsaw leaks oil!

Discussion in 'Chainsaws and Power Equipment' started by Yawner, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. Yawner

    Yawner

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2015
    Messages:
    60
    Likes Received:
    257
    Location:
    Louisiana
    This is maddening... el cheapo Homelite 3816c saw I got on a trade with other stuff had only been used on one job to remove a tree, so, has very little time on it. Leaks bar oil like mad. Anyone know a fix for this or is just a disadvantage a cheap saw has? I would like to keep it for doing dirty work, like today, needed to reduce size of small stumps and some elevated roots so my mower doesn't get trashed if I don't see them.
     
    Casper, M2theB, Chaz and 2 others like this.
  2. stuckinthemuck

    stuckinthemuck

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2013
    Messages:
    2,012
    Likes Received:
    8,161
    Location:
    Wandering around in the NH woods.
    Is it leaking when it is not running or is it oiling too much when cutting... this guy has a 2054. Not sure if it is similar in design to your 3816..

     
    M2theB, Chaz and Chazsbetterhalf like this.
  3. Yawner

    Yawner

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2015
    Messages:
    60
    Likes Received:
    257
    Location:
    Louisiana
    Leaking from bottom when not running.
     
    M2theB, Chaz and Chazsbetterhalf like this.
  4. stuckinthemuck

    stuckinthemuck

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2013
    Messages:
    2,012
    Likes Received:
    8,161
    Location:
    Wandering around in the NH woods.
    Maybe pressure test the system to see where the leak is coming from as he did in the video.
     
    Casper, M2theB, Chaz and 1 other person like this.
  5. Nixon

    Nixon

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2013
    Messages:
    332
    Likes Received:
    1,210
    Location:
    West Sunbury,Pa .
    Not familiar with your saw ,so this maybe moot . But some saws have the bar oil vent located under the bar plate on the case side of the saw . It’s round ,about 5/16” in diameter ,with what appears to be a hole dead center of it . That hole has a small steel ball held up by a spring . Tank vacuum allows the ball to unseat ,and vent the tank a it draws down . If a bit of dirt gets in there ,it’ll hold the valve open allowing the tank to gravity feed . A little shot of shop air will generally get it working properly . Also some saws benefit having the oil cap loosened ,the re-secured when you are done with them to alleviate tank pressure .