Small Engine Repair: How to Check for Spark on a Tecumseh, Honda, Briggs & Stratton Lawn Mower



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Most people check for proper engine spark by removing the spark plug, attaching the plug wire and grounding the plug to the engine while spinning the engine over and looking for a spark to jump across the spark plug gap. This method is not always reliable. The amount of voltage needed to jump the spark gap set at .030″ with the plug removed from the engine is about 2000 volts. The amount of voltage required to jump the same plug gap with the plug installed in the engine and operating under operating conditions is about 8000 volts, so it is possible to see a spark with the plug removed, but not have a spark with the plug installed.

A more reliable method is to remove the spark plug wire cap, and hold the spark plug wire approximately 3/16″ away from the spark plug and spin the engine over. A good ignition system will produce a orange/blue spark from the end of the spark plug wire to the spark plug. The problem with this method is it is easy to get shocked and hard to turn the engine over while trying to hold the end of the plug wire 3/16″ away from the plug. The benefit of this method is it is more reliable then the first method and doesn’t require purchasing any special tools.

Another method for checking the ignition for proper spark is to purchase the Briggs & Stratton Spark Tester, part #19368. This tool can be used to check for spark with the plug removed and using no hands, so the engine is easy to spin over and there is no risk of being shocked. The tool can also be used to view the spark while the engine is running. This is very valuable when trying to diagnose a rough running engine or a engine with intermittent problems.

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HOW TO TROUBLESHOOT a GENERATOR that WON’T START or RUN – BRIGGS and STRATTON 10 Horsepower engine



10 Horsepower BRIGGS and STRATTON Engine on a GENERATOR. A BLOWN HEAD GASKET is DAGNOSED and FIXED. Torque Specs and HEAD BOLT Tightening specifications, sequence and procedure.
music by my band BonZaiRod “Staging Lane”

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How to adjust valves on an OHV Briggs



Someone asked me how to do this, hope it helps, I do have the intake and exhaust backwards at the first of the video I called intake the exhaust,on used motors I gap them the same, thanks!

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Mystery Sears Craftsman LT11 riding mower.



Looking for a little clarification on why this mower has the foot controls only on the right side and not the left like most riding mowers do. The owners manuals I have found online all show the foot controls on the left side (see link)

Model Number of lawn tractor: C45960311
Serial Number : 870568A

http://lawnandgarden.manualsonline.com/manuals/mfg/craftsman/craftsman_lawn_mower_product_list.html

Anyone know why?

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Mower Won’t Start Clean New Plastic Style Briggs Carburetors – Troy Bilt MTD Craftsman 550 EX



These are the new design all plastic carbs briggs and stratton is putting on all new lawn mowers. They aren’t horrible in fact I like the gasket designs much more compared to the legacy ones.

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Fixing Carburetor : Coleman Generator with Briggs Motor



Gave this thing a full tune up and carb cleaning. Cleaned the gas tank as well. New oil, air filter, carb diaphragm, and pickup tube. This runs like a champ now. Won’t be selling it!

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How to adjust the valves on a Briggs and Stratton OHV engine



Does your Briggs and Stratton engine turn over slowly?
Does it refuse to ignite?
Do you only hear clicks when you try to start your engine?
Does it seems like the battery is empty?

It can actually more than likely be the valves that are out of sync.

In this video I show you how you easily can adjust the valves yourself.

Music: Turn On by RW Smith

Video editing program: CyberLink PowerDirector 14

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