50 thoughts on “Briggs and Stratton Governor set up and adjustment

  1. @tractorman604 Some people think I'm long winded and overkill my videos. That's ok with me and if they don't like it, I'm glad they say so. It lets me know where I might need to adjust how I present my videos. Thank YOU for being a fan of my videos!!

  2. @bmxizmylife Hmm…It could be a number of things with these suction carbs with the tanks mounted under them. Check that the throttle isn't stuck or that the governor vein under the blower housing isn't sticking and holding the throttle open. A video of a start up would help me to help you. Cheers!

  3. Hi, I have a Briggs Model 23, 9 hp from circa 1957… looks exactly like this gov. setup.. Mine has only one spring on the governor, as does my spare engine. My motor revs up and down like the gov. is over-correcting both ways. Do I need to set up 2 springs like this one in your video? Mine is on an old Power king tractor and it runs ok but the governor is not steady. Thanks!

  4. @bulletman100 I would look into correcting it with a "counter" spring or "helper" spring as they are referred as. Best of luck with the fine tuning. Takes a little time to get them just right, but once they're in adjustment, you'll reap the rewards of good governor performance. Cheers!!

  5. dude check my video and tell me how my governor supposed to look or work and where i can find the numbers on this thing, i know theres a tag but there should be numbers on the block somewhere, i need all the info i can get on this thing, any would be great, thanks

  6. Concerning the actual governor gear itelf. Is the gear a random install, or does it have to mesh via. special marks with the cam gear? Is that bronze plug in the exh. port there for Calif. emissions?

  7. @seapeddler Random install. The syntrifical force that is exerted to the governor gear doesn't rely on timing at all. The plug in the exhaust port is to keep foreign objects from entering the engine while stored. This engine is a shelf queen awaiting the need to transplant it into a tractor should a working engine fail, so the Carburetor and Exhaust ports are both blocked off.

  8. That depends on what you want to use the engine for. Pullers bypass the governors and put a gas pedal on. If you plan to use it for yard work, then you really do need the governor assembly.

  9. i have a briggs 3hp (at 3600 RPM) and the throttle is stuck at high, I will put a video up about in about a week- at the same time i want to put it in a go cart i'm building so the throttle must work for the clutch. please help. (however, if i move the end of the rod for the butterfly valve, i can control the engine.)

  10. You will want to install a spring to hold the throttle closed and adjust the idle set screw so the engine idles just below the speed in which the clutch grabs. Once you install the throttle cable, it will respond to acceleration and the spring will return the throttle to idle when you let off the gas pedal. Pretty easy solution to your troubles. Let me know how it goes!! Cheers!!

  11. Hey Zippo thanks,
    I just took a 6hp briggs off my pressure washer and I hooked up the throttle cable (backwards) ,"
    I am about to correct this but have noticed when I moved the throttle spring( there is about 18 different holes) The engine would not idle and only ran with the choke on. Any advice to these
    problems would help!
    Thanks

  12. Zippo you are the KING! Living in Sweden these 23D motors are rare over here but my father in law has one 8Hp on a small boat which didn't run. I'm helping him out and have just refurbed the carb and the engine starts just fine. All thanks to your videos!!! Problem now is that the trottle never close so i get a low idle.

  13. Even without the governor spring in place (which seems way to stiff and short) the governor arm goes down after starup so that the trottle closes. What is wrong? If you drop me an email to marcus at 0910.se i can explain it better with some pics and moore text.

  14. Stranger things have happened, but I've always adjusted them as shown in the video here. I too read the process strait out of the Briggs manual and for my vintage engines, it's always been clockwise/clockwise. The only engine I know of that runs backwards is an engine called a Rio and I would imagine you would set that one up opposite of these engines. I am interested to hear the results of adjusting them counter clockwise, because that will hold the throttle wide open on an engine like this.

  15. Don't hide your emotions so much choppergirl!! lol…..The evolution of the small gas engine has taken many forms. Get the numbers off your engine and search similar engines to yours. Yes, my engines are old…Some as old as 100 years. The extra springs help to govern the engines speed. On newer engines, they've reduced these to one main spring and three tiny springs. Governor setting is the same though. Loosen, turn both clockwise, tighten. Best of luck!!

  16. Thanks so much for this video! I have a 326437 and that's just what I needed more info on. Too bad choppergirl hasn't been around long enough to know what a rebuildable, field-serviceable piece of equipment is all about; she's just exposed to the throwaway crap that takes no skill to maintain, until it falls apart and then the best skill set in the world won't help. My engine happens to be from 1979, which isn't really "as old as time". Try going back to the old Gravely engines, or the Clintons!

  17. Any amount of damage or obstruction in the carb or the fuel system that supplies the fuel to the carb, can cause this. Ethanol in gas is a major problem with small-engine carbs. Use StaBil with every tank of gas.

  18. Have you gone to the Briggs site with your model and type code and looked up the IPL (parts list) to get the correct spring numbers and installed them?

  19. Fantastic! It is always sweet victory when we accomplish a never before attempted task. Glad it helped you out Brian! Cheers!!

  20. i have a murray lawn mower 12 hp and i made a custom throttle from a pedal bike hand brake anmd i hooked the throttle up right to the throttle thats on the carb and put a return spring and where the govener is and the normal throttle piece was it isnt connected at all and when i turn it on it revs wayy to high idk what to do please help

  21. My recommendation is to put everything back the way it was. These engines are not designed to run directly off the throttle and the engine can easily be damaged or worse, blow apart. A stock engine, regardless of make or horse power is designed to operate between 1100rpm to 3600rpm. By unhooking the stock throttle pieces and bypassing the governor, the engine becomes very dangerous to operate. They can easily rev WAY past the safe limit with the throttle not connected to the Governor.

  22. I have an 8hp briggs on a log splitter, it runs wot when it runs.and I rebuilt the carb, and when I put it back on the engine all it will do is idle. Nothing I do will increase the rpm's What did I do wrong. btw love your vids.

  23. After a fresh rebuild, I cover all openings into the engines to prevent insects, spiders and even mice from making a home inside the engine. This practice should be performed on any engine that you know is going to be stored for any length of time. The saying….An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of regret is a good way to go. Cheers Buddy!!

  24. Ok I've done exactly this I believe, but when I put the springs on it has a tendency to pull the governor arm all the way up, and the throttle opens full. The governor arm actually appears to try to operate correctly before the springs are put on. if the spring closest to the front is put on only, the arm gradually works itself up. I just cannot get this! Will they do right when the motor is running? I have not yet cranked it. I should have taken a pic of it before tearing it down 🙂 thanks!

  25. Once you start the engine it will regulate the throttle more correctly. Check my other video on how to adjust the throttle rod to take tension off the throttle butterfly and allow the idle RPM set screw to do the job of keeping the engine speed (at idle) instead of the governor assembly doing that job. There's a bit of fine tuning that often needs done after first run, as no two engines will act exactly the same. Hope this helps! Cheers!

  26. Yes sir thank you. I cranked it for the first time yesterday and saw what you said. Now just to adjust the carb some more. Thanks for everything

  27. Ok now I have it cranked and idling pretty smooth. An occasional rhythmic misfire, but the main problem is it will not idle up without dying. I have adjusted the carb many times starting at the 1 1/2 settings. The engine is very responsive to small movements of the two screws. And idles fine. But soon as you slightly open the throttle it begins to misfire more and die! I'm an aircooled VW man and these engines aren't much different! 🙂

  28. +cobee parrilla There is already a video uploaded showing this. Just search my videos for throttle and you should find it. Cheers!

  29. i know this is a older video but it helps, i have set my briggs like in the video but when it fires up and starts running the governor sucks down killing the motor i have to reset the carb and after alittle bit it will fire up agien and then do the same thing dieing. i dont know what wrong if its the governor or carberator

  30. zippo I need some help my cast iron 12 Briggs and Stratton blow up on me last night and um trying to find the rebuild kit for it its on a 1967 simplicity sovereign 3012

  31. Hi Zippo. I think have the same engine you are adjusting the governor on (16hp B/S, I/C, Model 326437, Type 0721-01, Code 8403211.) My problem is that when I start it up at idle speed it will go to full open with out touching the throttle. I have replaced the springs,  cleaned the carburetor and nothing seems to help. Could it be something has happened to the governor inside the engine. Any help appreciated. Thanks, Chris

  32. Finally a video that explains stuff so even I can understand, and filmed so I can actually see whats happening.
    No loud, annoying background music like some of these wannabe "cinematographers" insist on adding to their "senses offending" creations.
    No.poorly filmed, "Get me some Dramamine before I hurl" camera work here.
    No pointless, inarticulate, "like to listen to myself talk" BS either.
    Just clear, concise information delivered in a calm, easy to listen to manner.
    And great camera work as well, IMO.
    Too bad it's not the engine I'm working on!
    But it was so enjoyable, I watched it anyway.
    I give it a 9 out of 10, but only because you may have made a video I haven't seen that's better, & then what would I give that? Ha ha. Ah, what the hell, make it 10 out of 10.

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