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I had taken off the cover of my Craftsman chainsaw and had trouble
putting it back on. When I removed the cover, bits of fuel line
were loose or fell out. Seems I pinched it somehow.

My questions for you:
- Where should the fuel lines go?
- Will any ol' tube work or do I have to special order it?
(I suspect it needs to be a snug fit and that I might have
to lightly round the end to get it into the hole in the
fuel tank, or something like that)
- I'm curious to know, if anyone has the time for this
extra-credit item: how do these separate fuel line
pieces "work" in supplying the engine with gas "at all
angles?"


I have taken pictures so that I can describe to you what I saw
before the bits fell out.

View 1 http://www.phoons.com/john/download/motorview1.jpg

At the left is the almost-intact main line from the tank
to somewhere on top of the chainsaw.

The curved fragment had its left end in a hole atop the
black tank. Its right end headed toward the electrical
connector. I didn't think about that until after the
curved fragment fell out.

The straight fragment was laying along the right, between
the electrical connector and below the rear screw hole.
(It seemed wedge in, so I'm concluding that that was its
original location. I can't see any holes into which that
tube would fit, so I'm concluding one end of the tube
was open.)

I'm *guessing* that the two fragments were once a single
tube which was squished between the electrical connector
and the black tank...and broke at that location due to
age and my pushing on that tube when remounting the cover.


Drawing http://www.phoons.com/john/download/motordrawing1.jpg

This illustrates my *guess* at where tube 2 was and
shoudl go. But I have no idea why the tube would be
routed under the electrical connector (since that would
squish it) nor why tube 2 would have a long taper cut
at end 2B.

Additional views:

View 2 http://www.phoons.com/john/download/motorview2.jpg
View 3 http://www.phoons.com/john/download/motorview3.jpg

Thanks, John
 

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What model chain saw is it? There are so many models and so many ways the fuel lines can run that it is almost impossible to say without the model.

My guess is the fuels lines were just plain dried out and shot. Normally they are flexable and shouldn't "break". Any small engine repair shop should be able to sell you a foot or two of fuel line. Also, with the fuel line being this bad, most likely a bunch of gunk got into your carb. You'll most likely have to remove it and clean it. Also check the filter in the tank... might as well replace it since you are going to have run all new fuel lines.
 

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> what model is it?

Craftsman 358 356081. I tried searching for this on the 'net and didn't find matches... but I found you! Thanks :)

Regarding how the lines are routed, would you *guess* that my drawing is correct--specifically where tubes 1 and 2 connect at the A and B holes?
http://www.phoons.com/john/download/motordrawing1.jpg
It sure looked to me like the tubes did not extend very far into the tank through those holes....or *should* they extend deep into it? (and I might have long chunks of tube in the tank now?)

> fuels lines were probably just plain dried out

Agreed.

> shop should be able to sell you a foot or two of fuel line
> likely a bunch of gunk got into your carb / remove / clean
> check the filter in the tank

Sounds good.

John
 

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Let me look up that model tommorow at work and I can give you more details (hopefully).

One line is the supply line, it will extend into the tank a few inches and have a filter on the end.

The other is the return line. It only goes into the tank maybe an inch.

Try this. Go to www.sears.com and click on the Parts link on the upper left side of the page. On this next page search for model number 358.356081 (search is in the upper left side of the page). You'll get one item, click continue. Now View Diagram for the Main Frame. That may give you an better idea of what is needed and where it goes. This is basically the same diagram I would work off of.
 

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> supply line... extends into the tank a few inches and has a filter on the end

Oh great... so mine's definitely disconnected from the filter, huh! I have not yet looked to see how the tank is mounted or how I'd be able to get at the filter, but it's do-able.

> The other is the return line. It only goes into the tank maybe an inch.

Okay. But "return line" makes me think "a complete loop"....and the end that I labelled 2B in my drawing appeared to not go into another hole. I figured it was completely loose by design. It would make more sense to me that it should continue on through some hole in the upper wall and connect to something else, but I haven't seen that connection place. Could you please suggest what I look for regarding the currently-tapered end of my tube?

> Go to www.sears.com and click on the Parts link on the upper left side of the page. On this next page search for model number 358.356081

Thanks for the great link. Funny: the fuel line next to number 22 in their diagram has a top end that goes...where??

You mentioned a filter. They have #20, "FUEL PICK-UP ASS'Y." Are these one and the same? And something I should be able to pick out of the fuel tank through the port I pour fuel in? Interesting.

Thanks,
John
 

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Let me get you some Sears part numbers for fuel line and a filter tomorrow. Total cost is about $5. I looked up the saw and we have the same diagram as what is on their web site. Since that saw doesn't have a primer the lines go straight from the carb to the tank... nothing in between.

The fuel line will push into the hole on the tank and is big enough to seal the hole so fuel won't leak out. I just cut the end at an angle and push it through the hole in the tank, use some needle nose plyers to grab it through the filler hole and pull it far enough to cut the end straight and push on the filter.

The return line also just pushes through the hole an inch or so. There will sometimes be a small fitting that you put on the end of the line inside the tank to make sure it doesn't pull back out but normally if you just leave an inch or two inside the tank, it won't come back out.
 

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I have a similar problem with a 1980s sears craftsman chainsaw model 358.355061. The sears.com parts link is under repair. The fuel line is broken up. I bought a new line and air filter, and am about to put it together, BUT cannot find out where the fuel line goes into the gas tank. Unlike the above post, there is only 1 hole in the tank near the gas cap, about 1/16-1/32" in diameter. I found a fuel filter with partial fuel line attached in the tank and assume it should be there. Any thoughts?
 

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found it!

I thought the gas tank hole was 1/16-1/32" in diameter. Upon closer examination, the old fuel line was cracked off making the hole look too small. So I fixed the fuel line, followed the diagrams and the saw works great. Thanks. :cool:
 

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I have a simular question regarding the routing of fuel lines. My Dad's saw is a Craftsman model 358.351080 and I checked the Sears site out before I found Ya'll but the diagrams arn't specific enough. I replaced the fuel lines but like an idiot I didn't draw myself a routing diagram. My question: As your looking down on the saw from the back does the fuel line with the filter, coming up from the tank go to the right-side port on the carb(basically, fuel flows from right to left through the carb to the priming bulb)?
Thanks!
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The small line goes into the tank and has the filter attached. The other end of the small line goes to the inlet side of the carb. The larger line goes from the outlet side of the carb to the primer and then a larger line from the primer to the tank. When you press the primer it should suck fuel from the filter in the tank, thru the carb, thru the primer and back to the tank.
 

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i use to work for Sears..........thats a normal problem with all craftsmen chainsaws,and even the weedwhackers too....after about a 1 year the fuel lines went bad on them...............best bet is to take it back to Seras and get it replaced with a brand new one...............
 

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hankster said:
Let me get you some Sears part numbers for fuel line and a filter tomorrow. Total cost is about $5. I looked up the saw and we have the same diagram as what is on their web site. Since that saw doesn't have a primer the lines go straight from the carb to the tank... nothing in between.

The fuel line will push into the hole on the tank and is big enough to seal the hole so fuel won't leak out. I just cut the end at an angle and push it through the hole in the tank, use some needle nose plyers to grab it through the filler hole and pull it far enough to cut the end straight and push on the filter.

The return line also just pushes through the hole an inch or so. There will sometimes be a small fitting that you put on the end of the line inside the tank to make sure it doesn't pull back out but normally if you just leave an inch or two inside the tank, it won't come back out.
4 years later and the same problem. New user though. Where does the return line terminate at.

Thanks in advance.
 

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It just goes inside the tank and is open. It is a "fuel" return line to return excess fuel to the tank.
Thanks for the responses.

I underdstand that it goes inside the tank. From the tank, where does it go. There is no other place that I can see to attach it to (ie carb/primer bulb). To be a return line, it would have to connect to the carb or some where else wouldn't it?

Yesterday, I hooked up the small line to the carb. I left the larger line going into the tank and terminating no where. As expected, fuel came out of the line as I attempted to start it.

Thanks again for your help!!
 
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