Sorry for answer delay, had to reinstall bar and chain. If I pull back on the brake bar I hear or feel no click. When I push the brake bar forward towards the end of the chain bar I do hear a snap but when pulling it back once more I hear of feel nothing.
Hi PK, I see the spring - it looks OK, tried the brake lever with the cover off - does not seem that the spring engages at any point on the brake sprocket. Must be the problem, will hopefully only have to replace the spring itself and not the brake assembly. Before answering you I did try to run once more but even though the saw started OK the chain would not engage because of the suspected brake problem. I assume you have the needed repair manual on hand. If you have other suggestions please forward, if you suspect I have to replace the spring or brake assembly parts please let me no correct P/N if you have that information available.
Hi PK - One more question. I just used a screw driver to remove the spring (L shaped piece about 1" long) from the brake assembly. It appears to be complete and not broken. I will check into replacing the brake assembly (probably includes handle and spring catch). This is a safety issue but would the saw now work without the brake connected? I have hardly ever used this saw at all but have to cut a couple of thick limbs that I have been hitting my thick head on!