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I have an 032AV Stihl chainsaw that runs great until it gets warm.  After that it won't start for ~ 6 hours.  It still has the points ignition system.  It was taken to the shop awhile ago, and the dealer told us that it needed a new ignition that was no longer available.  I read about using a NovaII ignition module in place of the points, and tried it.  It ran awesome (I think maybe too fast) for about 1 minute, and now has no spark whatsoever.  I haven't hooked the points back up yet, but I'm hoping I didn't damage the coil.  Do you have any recommendations for how to get this saw running right?  It's a great saw when it is running.

I have used the Nova IIs and had good luck with them.

Have you checked Ebay for a used coil?

Have you check the coil to see if it is shorted or open?  You can use an ohm or multimeter to check the coil for open or shorted condition.

Let me know.

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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

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