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Poot
08-03-2007, 08:20 PM
Hello y'all. I have a 17hp Briggs I/C on a Murry LT that will NOT run right. I've soaked the carb for two days in a brand new bucket of carb cleaner, put in a new kit including the needle valve seat, and today replaced the high speed jet with a new one. No matter what I do, it runs rich and yes the choke is full off. It will ALMOST runs smooth but is just short of and spews out small clouds of black smoke. Another thing is the air mixture screw will not kill it if screwed in completely. This has driven me nuts!!!! What in the H___ am I missing??? Someone suggested pulling the choke on to maybe 45 degrees. My reply was it's already running rich so why would I add choke to an already overly rich condition!!! Oh, and I've replaced the plugs too and the spark is great. ANYONE with ANY idea as to why will be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!!!!!!

Bill Kapaun
08-03-2007, 08:35 PM
"put in a new kit including the needle valve seat"
Do you mean for the float? If so,how about the needle?
Was there an "o" ring in the seat that may or may not have been removed?

Is the float punctured/saturated with fuel so that it doesn't have the proper buoyancy?

What are the engine #'s?
That way we can tell exactly which engine/carb it is, instead of guessing.

Restrorob
08-03-2007, 11:22 PM
There could be other issues, Can't tell without model and type numbers as Bill mentioned.

Is this a Walbro or Nikki carb ?

Poot
08-04-2007, 04:14 PM
LOL! Thanks for the replies and sorry about that fella's. Guess some numbers would've been a little helpful huh. The model is #42A707, type #2653E1.
The seat; Yes I meant the float's needle valve seat and replaced the needle valve too. There was no "O" ring in the seat either before or after. The float; it's good, no fluid inside, and is adjusted using as most everyone recommends a #4 bit at the opposite side from the hinge pin. The air filter is new/clean. As for the make of carb, assume it's a Nikki. I say this because on a Walboro I always see their name somewhere on one but this has no name anywhere but as I said, that's an assumption on my part and I could very well be wrong. I bought this mower and the seller said it hadn't been sitting up long. I knew it had because smelling the gas told me it had sat a LONG time. It ran but only if the choke just off of full on. After the rebuild it runs and runs close to right (u can tell it's almost there) with the choke full off but sputters a lot and when it does it lightly black smokes. Every once in a while it'll smooth out for a few seconds then start lightly sputtering again. It's so close to running right it ain't funny....but doesn't. :cry: I forgot to mention this. After letting it sit for a while I can look through the carb and into the intake (straight below the carb) and there's a small puddle of gas standing. First thought was after turning it off MAYBE gas was seeping past the new needle valve seat. Then I remembered it was doing this before I rebuilt the carb, did it after the rebuild, and after taking it off/apart AGAIN and installing a new seat for the float's needle valve, it's still doing this. ARG!!!!!!!!!!!! :hammerhead:

Bill Kapaun
08-04-2007, 04:31 PM
Did you replace the fuel pump kit at the same time? Could be a pinhole in the diaphragm allowing excess gas to be sucked in?
Is this a 3 or 4 screw fuel pump?

It might be as simple as water in the gas? Did you drain the tank completely? If you think it might be water, put a few oz. of Gas Dri in the tank.
Alcohol absorbs water. Bad thing about it, it absorbs water from the atmosphere/condensation when just sitting.

tank
08-04-2007, 04:37 PM
Air cleaner you said new clean which is it new or cleaned?

Restrorob
08-04-2007, 08:42 PM
Never used a drill bit to set a float before, With the upper body inverted the float should be parallel to the gasket surface, I adjust about 1/16" higher on the side away from the pin.

Check the pilot jet (the screw on the lower front of the base). There is supposed to be a small hole in the tip of this pilot jet, Use a bristle out of a hand wire brush to make sure it's open.

Also, I see you're in Tennessee. Maybe a higher altitude ?
You could try the high altitude jet part# 693499 with the smaller port and see if that solves the problem.

John Stiles
08-04-2007, 11:13 PM
What kind of exhaust[muffler]is on it? Sometimes the wrong back pressure will cause rich/lean conditions....?

Poot
08-05-2007, 11:35 AM
When I said the filter was new/clean, I meant it is BRAND new and clean. Not one that's recently new and has been used a little. Some owners who say new can say "It was new....two months ago" but don't consider they could've used it in very dusty conditions so while "new" in their eyes, it could be dirty/clogged. So, it's new AND clean having never been used other then running it in my garage. Ooooook, the float is about 1/16 off level to the high side, inverted. When u said to check the pilot jet on the front lower base. Do you mean the air/fuel mixture screw? I've ran a thin wire through ALL the openings as far as a wire would go and yes I've done so in that opening as well. Just wanted to see if you and I were talking the same lingo here. As for the muffler, I can't SAY that it's stopped up but putting my hand in front of it it does have a LOT of exhaust pressure. I did this to another mower to compare and the pressure feels fairly equal to me. As for altitude, I live in Southwest Tennessee and it's flat here but a high altitude jet IS a thought. I just bought/installed a new jet but it didn't help so maybe your idea would work. It still doesn't ID the cause/reason for this problem which I'd like to know for future use and is a bandaid but heck, if it worked I'm all for it. This mower was bought from a local Walmart (he said) and did not come from a higher altitude area but that doesn't mean it hadn't been changed by someone at some point. However, the jet I just installed was "standard" and not the high altitude jet which was an option. And I'm not trying to poo-poo anyone's helpful idea's or thoughts, it's just that so far I've tried what's been suggested with no change in the problem which is why I've become so frustrated. But y'all please keep trying and I'll keep doing and maybe between all of us we'll hit upon the cause and a fix!!!!!
And yeah, ANY/ALL ideas are GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!!




Never used a drill bit to set a float before, With the upper body inverted the float should be parallel to the gasket surface, I adjust about 1/16" higher on the side away from the pin.

Check the pilot jet (the screw on the lower front of the base). There is supposed to be a small hole in the tip of this pilot jet, Use a bristle out of a hand wire brush to make sure it's open.

Also, I see you're in Tennessee. Maybe a higher altitude ?
You could try the high altitude jet part# 693499 with the smaller port and see if that solves the problem.

Bill Kapaun
08-05-2007, 01:34 PM
Well, the elevation at your airport is 243', so I doubt you would be considered "high altitude"! (5000') Unless you live on a mighty steep mountain:)

DID you do anything to the fuel pump?

mike green
08-05-2007, 07:14 PM
check the seat in the carb i had one that set with water in the gas during the winter froze and cracked the seat used a cheap ear canal scope from the drug store to find also check that the intake valve is seating good hope this helps m,g,

Poot
08-06-2007, 01:47 AM
Well, the elevation at your airport is 243', so I doubt you would be considered "high altitude"! (5000') Unless you live on a mighty steep mountain:)

DID you do anything to the fuel pump?

LOL. No, my yard does slope some but far from being considered a mountain!
And I apologize for not answering your question earlier. Yes sir, I rebuilt the fuel pump at the same time as the carb and it is a three screw pump. I am stumped and out of ideas but refuse to drop $142 plus for a new carb...... yet. :dizzy:

Poot
08-06-2007, 01:56 AM
:) check the seat in the carb i had one that set with water in the gas during the winter froze and cracked the seat used a cheap ear canal scope from the drug store to find also check that the intake valve is seating good hope this helps m,g,

I've replaced the float needle vale seat with a new one already. As for the intake..haven't checked the valves. Whether you mean improper stem clearance or the face/seat needing to be resurfaced, how could a valve cause an overly rich condition? Remember, I'm not saying you/your idea are full of it, just asking because I don't know it all and you may teach me something here that I don't know!!!

mike green
08-06-2007, 08:59 AM
because if the valve is not seating un used fuel can @ will blow back into the carb

Poot
08-06-2007, 12:24 PM
stWhat kind of exhaust[muffler]is on it? Sometimes the wrong back pressure will cause rich/lean conditions....?

Morning John. As for the exhaust idea, probably a good one so I took the muffler off. It didn't change at all and still black smokes just as it did. But hey, don't know til u try, it was worth a shot, and I appreciate the idea/reply. :)

John Stiles
08-06-2007, 01:05 PM
That's okay....the reason I asked is that sometimes less backpressure will necesitate a smaller jet. So, in your case, I'm thinking it's running too rich to "remove" [which would make it run richer]but what I really was wondering is if you're using an after market muffler or one that was designed for this application specifically.?

Poot
08-06-2007, 01:37 PM
That's okay....the reason I asked is that sometimes less backpressure will necesitate a smaller jet. So, in your case, I'm thinking it's running too rich to "remove" [which would make it run richer]but what I really was wondering is if you're using an after market muffler or one that was designed for this application specifically.?

I understand. Nope, it's a stock muffler, the small bulky looking type that kinda resembles a little shoe box for lack of a better comparsion. I've wondered if maybe the ignition is weak. Strong in appearence using a test plug and strong enough to run almost ok but weak enough to not completely run right and fire (burn) the amount of raw gas introduced. Hum.............................

hotrodsnapper
08-06-2007, 02:52 PM
I'm with Mike, it sounds like one of the valves is either not seating or adjusted too tight. I had a Briggs that acted similar and was also hard as HECK to start. Getting the valves right fixed both.

Also, if this is a twin you may try and start the engine and disconnect one spark plug and then the other. DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING ELSE ON THE MOWER UNLESS YOU ENJOY GETTING SHOCKED!! If it runs the same with either cylinder dead than it is most likely a carb problem. If it runs on one cylinder but not the other, than the one that does not run needs attention. I'm sorry if that's a little hard to follow, but it could help you narrow down your choices.

You gotta love weird little problems on engines that have been sitting. I spent countless hours getting an older briggs running just right after sitting. two months later it tossed a counterbalance through the crankcase. damn:drinkup:

Poot
08-06-2007, 05:34 PM
A good idea and I follow your train of thought. Ok, it starts right up no problem. I've worked on a lot of cars over 40 years and have seen valves sticking/not fully seated. In some if it were an intake, it allowed some of that cylinders compression to blow by and up/out of the carb which also sometimes carried a little raw gas with it.
Wouldn't this motor too blow compression and probably a little raw gas if an intake wasn't seating? It does neither and I'm not being a smart a__ or meaning to shoot u down, just trying to be objective and think it through before I start tearing it apart.
I did pull the wires and each made a big difference so it's back to the carb?

Hum.....ok, here I'm referring to my motor and not your experience. If a valve isn't seating correctly, how can that cause the piston to pull in MORE gas which apparently is the case since mine black smokes? An unseated valve to any degree diminishes the pistons ability to draw air/fuel and that being noticeable depends on how bad the valve doesn't seat. Whether it's seated correctly or not, whether it has the proper stem clearance or not, an incorrect valve can't cause the piston to pull in more fuel then the carb allows through. An intake with too little clearance WILL affect the running because it can't open enough to allow the required volumn of fuel/air in. If it lacks enough clearance be it either valve, it can't start because the piston can't develop compression or suction. Logical? What do u think??? As for lovin small engnes problems, yeah and I do like a challange but this one has gotten OLD!!! I can't decide whether to continue chasing this problem or run over it with my tractor. Nawwww, if I ran it I'd probably slice/ruin an expensive REAR tire while the fronts remained untouched!!! A sledgehammer would be cheaper. :drinkup:
Thanks!!!


















I'm with Mike, it sounds like one of the valves is either not seating or adjusted too tight. I had a Briggs that acted similar and was also hard as HECK to start. Getting the valves right fixed both.

Also, if this is a twin you may try and start the engine and disconnect one spark plug and then the other. DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING ELSE ON THE MOWER UNLESS YOU ENJOY GETTING SHOCKED!! If it runs the same with either cylinder dead than it is most likely a carb problem. If it runs on one cylinder but not the other, than the one that does not run needs attention. I'm sorry if that's a little hard to follow, but it could help you narrow down your choices.

You gotta love weird little problems on engines that have been sitting. I spent countless hours getting an older briggs running just right after sitting. two months later it tossed a counterbalance through the crankcase. damn:drinkup:

hotrodsnapper
08-06-2007, 06:09 PM
"just trying to be objective and think it through before I start tearing it apart."

I don't know that popping the valve covers off and checking the clearance counts as a big tear-down after pulling the carb off and taking it apart, maybe it's just me. :drinkup: And I'm not convinced that a ~20 cu inch cylinder on a briggs would produce as much compression blowout as one on a car.

I would hope pulling either plug wire makes a big difference. Just so we're clear, if it runs the same with the left spark plug unplugged as with the right one unplugged, that indicates that if there is any problem with the cylinder or valves, both cylinders are equally faulty. That's not very likely, so you are back to the carb.

If you're concerned that the spark is weak, pick up a briggs ignition tester. If you get a spark on it, the ignition is fine. Also, IDK about that particular engine, but I think a lot of twins have separate magnetos for each cylinder. So unless they are both weak you should have seen a difference between the two cylinders. Run a search and you'll find a test procedure for the ignition, that's easy enough.

If none of these check out, spend the money on a new carb.

Or drop it off at my place, I'll give you 10 bucks for it.

John Stiles
08-06-2007, 07:19 PM
Maybe it's just a mixture issue...you know.....not getting enough air to imulsify the fuel....are you getting any ugly black gook on either plug or both or are they chalking?~john

Bill Kapaun
08-06-2007, 09:44 PM
Thinking about Rob's advice on the high altitude jet-
It kind of went over my head, because I was thinking about YOUR elevation, BUT-
A high altitude jet is SMALLER. That would lean things down.

Poot
08-07-2007, 04:28 PM
No, taking off the parts you mentioned normally wouldn't be a BIG tear down but if you've a badly messed up back, trust me, it is. I haven't looked closely yet as I've been consumed with the carb but at a glance it seems the valve covers are behind the intake so it has to come off too as in u don't walk up, pull four screws (2 each), and your there. Still, any other time not a big deal but bending forward is hell so it's a big deal for me at this time. Believe me, I've owned over 80 vehicles so I've pulled motors, transmissions, rear ends, built street rods, am building a 62 Impala SS frame off right now (ok, it's on hold 4 now), have a 95 Impala SS, rebuilt dump trucks, owned/ran 3 skid loaders (not @ the same time lol), front end loaders (own 1 now), so pulling a tiny little valve cover off normally is like farting in comparsion but at this point it's like pulling out a dump truck rear end.

As for a car's blow-by vs Briggs, it's all relative. Bigger motor, larger blow by. Smaller motor, smaller blow by, but still there CAN be blow by. Sure it's easy to feel in a car engine and naturally the pressure would be less in a small motor as you're dealing with a smaller cylinder, piston, and compression, but still it's POSSIBLE to feel. And if you couldn't, you SHOULD see gas droplets blowing up out of the carb. Remember the old trick of putting paper against a cars tail pipe to detect a possibly bad exhaust valve? It works in reverse. Put a piece of paper slightly across the throat a carb and it'll flutter as the motor sucks in and blows out against it. It works, I've used it, and is an indication of ill seated/burned intake valve. That's old school but worked when compression gauges weren't plentiful/cheap as they are now.

A weak ignition spark was just a thought as I'm out of ideas but still one I'll check.

I'm tempted to sell u the carb for 10 bucks but not personally knowing you, you could end up writing bad stuff 'bout me for selling u a piece of junk which it certainly seems to be.

Don't remember if I'd mentioned this. When I decided to clean/rebuild it I bought a new gallon bucket of Gunk carb cleaner. I have an older (3 years?) well used can of cleaner by Berryman which still smells stout but figured it'd lost some kick, hence the Gunk. The Gunk NEW does not come close to the old can in the strength of it's vapors meaning personally I don't think it's as strong of a cleaner. The after results boar this out as this carb wasn't as clean afterwards as one I did a month earlier in the old stuff. Before cleaning, the former was cleaner then the latter yet the latter came out cleaner. Say THAT three times fast!!!!
A friend told me his method yesterday and swears by it. Put a carb in boiling water with a 1/2 cup of Tide soap powder and let it "cook" for maybe 20 minutes. Claims it cleans like new and no other washing soap will work BUT Tide. Think I'll give it a try as I've nothing to lose but soap.
Ok....keep your fingers crossed and the 10 bucks handy. I still may sell u the carb if boiling doesn't work. :drinkup: Ice House rules!!!!!!!!!
Poot


QUOTE=hotrodsnapper;1920790]"just trying to be objective and think it through before I start tearing it apart."

I don't know that popping the valve covers off and checking the clearance counts as a big tear-down after pulling the carb off and taking it apart, maybe it's just me. :drinkup: And I'm not convinced that a ~20 cu inch cylinder on a briggs would produce as much compression blowout as one on a car.

I would hope pulling either plug wire makes a big difference. Just so we're clear, if it runs the same with the left spark plug unplugged as with the right one unplugged, that indicates that if there is any problem with the cylinder or valves, both cylinders are equally faulty. That's not very likely, so you are back to the carb.

If you're concerned that the spark is weak, pick up a briggs ignition tester. If you get a spark on it, the ignition is fine. Also, IDK about that particular engine, but I think a lot of twins have separate magnetos for each cylinder. So unless they are both weak you should have seen a difference between the two cylinders. Run a search and you'll find a test procedure for the ignition, that's easy enough.

If none of these check out, spend the money on a new carb.

Or drop it off at my place, I'll give you 10 bucks for it.[/QUOTE]

hotrodsnapper
08-07-2007, 05:18 PM
I'm tempted to sell u the carb for 10 bucks but not personally knowing you, you could end up writing bad stuff 'bout me for selling u a piece of junk which it certainly seems to be.

[/QUOTE]

I was referring to the entire engine--LOL! My point is that after these have sat so long it's a crapshoot whether it will ever run right again.

Keep us posted on the carb cleaning process.

Poot
08-07-2007, 05:50 PM
Yeah your right and it frustrates me a bunch! It's so simple yet won't run right no matter what. While I haven't put a guage on it, I can tell it's got good compression, it starts right up, and clean as in no oil leaks...yet sputters black smoke and runs like doo-doo. ARGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Like I said, I'll boil it in Tide and see what that does for it but if it follows suit, it'll run just the same or with my luck, worse!!! I've wondered if an IV drip of gas would work better then this carb.
Just a thought.
:drinkup: :drinkup: and :drinkup:
Heck, the more u drink the better "she" looks so maybe that would work here and the mower would slowly start to run better. Think I've 17 beers out of 18 left in my coke machine and surely that should do the trick if it's gonna work.
Just another thought.
:clapping:




I was referring to the entire engine--LOL! My point is that after these have sat so long it's a crapshoot whether it will ever run right again.

Keep us posted on the carb cleaning process.[/QUOTE]

Poot
08-09-2007, 11:28 AM
First, the point of my telling what all I've had and worked on was to make a point which was with all I've had and done, I was being defeated by a lawn mower motor. Anyway, I got the rackin frackin mower running good yesterday. Months ago I sat a worn out 16hp Briggs I/C in a wheel barrow in my tractor shed. I cut my grass every two weeks so when I'd park my JD back in the shed this motor it's sitting right in front of me. Yesterday I cut grass and parked the tractor/turned it off. I sat there looking at it then wondered about it's carb. Got some tools, took it off, and to the garage we went. Then I remembered it because the arm on the choke shaft was broken off when someone gave me the motor. I swapped that and put the new kit in from the messed up carb, installed it on the mower, and it runs great. Who would've thought a old junky carb that'd been sitting for months was the answer and I didn't even clean it either. Just swapped parts and it was good to go. So, thanks for all the thoughts/suggestions/ideas. I'm still gonna boil the other carb in Tide and see what happens because if I encounter this again I'll know what to try first and that is to boil it. Enjoyed the chat and y'all have a good un.
Poot ;)


UOTE=hotrodsnapper;1921837][/QUOTE]

I was referring to the entire engine--LOL! My point is that after these have sat so long it's a crapshoot whether it will ever run right again.

Keep us posted on the carb cleaning process.[/QUOTE]

hotrodsnapper
08-09-2007, 11:37 AM
Glad to hear that!

:drinkup:

Poot
08-09-2007, 11:56 AM
Yeah buddy and also proved it was totally a carb issue which I was glad to learn! Just not physically able to stay bent over working on anything right now. I've been trying since 1999 to do my 62 Impala and am still along way from finishing. Did the frame off thing, blasted/painted/rebuilt the frame and suspension. Next was blasting the whole body then replaced all the floor and trunk pans and the lower 1/3 of a rear 1/4 panel. That was when my back problem reared it's head. I was sanding the 1/4 when my rt leg went numb. Sat for 5 minutes and could stand for 15 then numb again so I finally had to quit. Long/short, in '03 I had three fusions, 06/06 this year had a disc trimmed, and have had more pain since the trimming then before. Now he's found another disc almost gone so it seems another fusion looms ahead. Anyway, the mowers fixed and I'm a happy camper!!!!! :cool2: :usflag:

Glad to hear that!

:drinkup:

John Stiles
08-09-2007, 01:36 PM
I had a 62 Impala...2door hardtop...sweet car...also have had back prob.s....laminectomy at T-3, up and down....c4,5,and6 cervical fractures...been through paralysis[no fun]now have several ruptured lumbar vert.s! Cant bend over to work, gotta lift everything up to eye level and stand up all day. Congrats on the carb:drinkup: ~john

SLR
08-09-2007, 04:41 PM
I too well know the ugg'ns involving T-anythingys's John.S..how was yours injured? Mine involved a very stupid bully literally jumping squarely onto my shoulders,while i was on my knees in grade5.I was paralyzed for 3 solid weeks,having to have my brother turn me over at nights.Thankfully i regained my spinal-activities! But to this day vertabraes are always popping outta place.

John Stiles
08-09-2007, 08:02 PM
Really bad wreck.....in trying to avoid a head on collision with a lady that was passing a van on the double yellow...I took the 68 Torino on an off road excursion that toppled trees and the car flipped 5 times almost ejecting me. That was in 1972! You always gotta keep in mind that no matter how good you think you are, there's always the other guy who ain't!~j

Poot
08-09-2007, 11:49 PM
Hi John. In 1983 I was working for an X father-in-law doing fiberglass boat repair. We were moving a 13hp air compressor and there was a 4" rise in concrete we had to pass over. I had a 2 wheel dolly holding the front up and pulling, he in the rear pushing. Got to this rise, I pulled REAL hard, and over the rise it went. About then I heard a loud RIP. I stopped, looked around wondering what the rip was, but felt nothing so back to work. Next day I was in pain and stayed in the den floor for two days. Went to a minor clinic and a doc said I'd ruptured a disc. The third day I was back at work and kept working '02 when the rt. leg started going numb and it's been downhill since. As I'd said, in '03 they did triple fusions and I was good until last year when a lot of back/right leg pain/numbness returned. MRI showed a ruptured disc against some nerves so it was trimmed. This doesn't count 5 nerve blocks, a nerve response test, 7 MRI's since '03 and Tuesday week ago had a discogram which was unbelievable pain wise. I'm 6'1" and averaged 210 pounds from 1973 until I quit smoking in 1993 and now it's 238. Point being I was always strong as a bull and worked since I was 13 but this is is ruining life as I knew it. Can't do this, better not do that, and something I do or a way I turn today may screw me up if I do it tomorrow. I've countless bottles of pain medication but rarely do I take them. Figure I don't need another problem to deal with!!! Last night I couldn't sleep due to pain so I was up til after 4 this morning awake and back up at 6:30. Luckly I'm still off work from the trimming procedure until the doc finds out what's causing the pain now which so far is another disc almost gone. Tonight will be a Valium for sure though. Maybe I could get SSI disability, dunno, but I CAN retire next April when I turn 55. I'll take a cut in retirement as I'll be 3 years short of 25. My plan was to retire @ 55 and work @ NAPA or Advance Auto Parts but now I can't stand very long so that idea is down the crapper. And to go on SSI....I'd feel like a moocher (no offense to anyone, that's just me) plus I'd always be looking over my shoulder for someone peekin out from around a tree with a camera. If you can't get out and do what you love then your not living, your just existing. My father is 78. He lost a leg due to a worthless doc and staph infection got not dime one from it. Because of the staph he was put on a strong antibotic which in turn burned out both kidneys. He too was always active but now is an amputee, on kidney dialysis three times a week, and bedridden. So he isn't living, he's just existing. Sure it's better then the alternative but still life isn't about just being breathing. It's also about having a level of quality as well. As for me....I know it can and could be worse so I'm happy (well...I'm trying anyway) doing what I'm able. At 54 I guess it's time to slow down a little and maybe this is Gods way of doing what I wouldn't. Ain't life just a beach!!!! Sorry for being so long winded but u asked! ;)





UOTE=SLR;1924322]I too well know the ugg'ns involving T-anythingys's John.S..how was yours injured? Mine involved a very stupid bully literally jumping squarely onto my shoulders,while i was on my knees in grade5.I was paralyzed for 3 solid weeks,having to have my brother turn me over at nights.Thankfully i regained my spinal-activities! But to this day vertabraes are always popping outta place.[/QUOTE]

John Stiles
08-10-2007, 08:43 AM
Good Lord bless ya, Poot...I'm 58, and live day to day. Everything I do now has it's consequences. I was a heavy equipment mechanic, when my accident occurred...at least the lady got home safe, and to this day is my mail carrier.....hard to forget stuff when you are reminded daily. I gotta thank the Lord, though....I have a seven year old now[do the math]and she's a peach...we swim together, and she can catch her ole dad anytime, we have a horse and a mule[hers]and it has become a daily grind...but she's small for 7, so I don't mind the extra work. I hope you will call on the Heavenly Father for any help you need getting along, don't cost nuthin, and you will get what you NEED! Later~john

Poot
08-10-2007, 11:24 AM
Wow!! Sounds like your blessed to be alive not to mention being able to function well. And I know what you mean about your kid. I too have a young 'un and she just turned 11 this past Monday. I've a son 35 and another daughter who's 33, both by a former spouse. Funny thing about having one when your older and maybe it's just me. It has a way of making you see things and life in a different way for some reason. I'm a loner and prefer to be in my garage as opposed to going out to anything public. Not that I'm a hermit or dread being in public, just like being amongest the machines, oil, and grease because I'm in my element. Because of her and what she get's into, I now go to ballgames (she's the pitcher), talent shows she's in, cheerleading events, fastpitch training, anything she's into and I'm there. Now she wants to do Junior Drag and/or go-kart racing. She's capable and I'm willing but then it becomes a money issue and both take it especially Junior dragsters. The girl has no fear and is confident she can do anything!!! And being an American, she can depending on her talents. Not too long ago she got in her mind she could play the guitar....just by owning one. LOL. Her mother bought a decent one and sho nuff, she can't play but in her mind she can so we let her dream. Gotta love 'em long and hard because time flys!!!
Seems just yesterday she had colic. One night I held her and walked her through our house back and forth for over an hour trying to calm her. She was in drawn knot, screaming at the top lungs, and I felt so bad and helpless that even I started crying a little for her. Finally someone suggested adding a 1/2 teaspoon of Mylanta into each bottle of formula and like flipping a switch, no more colic!!!! Amazed AND thankful. Oh, we've 2.5 acres and she too wants a horse. It's just me but I learned a long time ago to stay away from anything that's stronger then me and with a mind to use it. Cars are one thing as it'll only do what I make it do. A horse.....naw, it's very strong and can do what it wants, when it wants, and how it wants, if it decides to. I've ridden and like them but that was a long long time ago and opinions change. But as I said, that's just me. Anyway, God bless, spend any spare minute u have with that girl, and keep her busy and involved. They tend to stay out of trouble that way and God knows there's a world of crap for them to get into now days. :)





TE=John Stiles;1925205]Good Lord bless ya, Poot...I'm 58, and live day to day. Everything I do now has it's consequences. I was a heavy equipment mechanic, when my accident occurred...at least the lady got home safe, and to this day is my mail carrier.....hard to forget stuff when you are reminded daily. I gotta thank the Lord, though....I have a seven year old now[do the math]and she's a peach...we swim together, and she can catch her ole dad anytime, we have a horse and a mule[hers]and it has become a daily grind...but she's small for 7, so I don't mind the extra work. I hope you will call on the Heavenly Father for any help you need getting along, don't cost nuthin, and you will get what you NEED! Later~john[/QUOTE]

John Stiles
08-10-2007, 11:49 AM
Yeah, I hear ya...we live in Tulip Arkansas, there really isn't much around to get in trouble...except maybe gettin lost...highly unlikely since she keeps one foot in my hind pocket daylight to dark. We are home schoolers...I have three grown kids too! I haven't laughed this much since before I went to Nam! She is definitely a blessing from the Heavewnly Father!:) :usflag:

Poot
08-10-2007, 12:51 PM
Yeah we live 5 miles north of Millington, about 25 miles North of Memphis. Our daughter is and has always been daddy's girl and I can do no wrong which is a job I must be careful with because I'm her idol. I've always drank beer and to excess when younger but then I matured (uh...I think, but don't ask my wife) and for the past 20 years drink only during the summer heat. For me nothing quinches my thirst like an ice cold beer and I don't care what "they" say about it as opposed to water. Anywho, I always put it in a huggie and never have drank in the house and when summer ends, so does the beer. Been like that for years now. I'll be outside, get hot, grab a beer from the coke machine, a huggie, holster it, and hit the front porch swing. This was during her preschool up to her first couple of school years. Then school started teaching them about the evils of drugs and drink (a good thing) so she figured out what the "special coke" in the huggie was. Then I was forced to stop but didn't really. I have to be very careful, have a handy place to stick/hide it in the garage in case she walks in, then twist and stomp flat the can and shove it deep in the trash can. If she ever catches me she's crushed so I feel like a teen who has to slip and sip a beer. But ya do what cha gotta do I suppose. You lead by example which I understand and I don't want her caught up in life's trappings so I'm careful plus I like the pedestal she has me on plus it would crush her to find out. I really oughta quit because of the cost if caught but at her age she doesn't understand there's a difference between drinking and drinking. I do it because it tastes good when I'm hot and sweaty but NEVER to excess and when summer ends I quit and that's the difference I meant. Drinking is drinking but there's a difference between someone who consumes it the way I do vs someone who drinks because they can to become drunk. Make sense? Maybe there's no difference and I'm fooling myself. Dunno. :hammerhead:





Yeah, I hear ya...we live in Tulip Arkansas, there really isn't much around to get in trouble...except maybe gettin lost...highly unlikely since she keeps one foot in my hind pocket daylight to dark. We are home schoolers...I have three grown kids too! I haven't laughed this much since before I went to Nam! She is definitely a blessing from the Heavewnly Father!:) :usflag:

wstsdekila
09-12-2007, 12:42 AM
Hey buddy I am thinking you have the same prob I have. You gave model 42a707 I thought that was a 19.5 turbo, but I have a 42e707 19.5 briggs with the same exact problem. I rebuilt the carb (which is the new carb with no mixture settings) and it still didnt work. finally i got into it and took the heads off and found an unseated valve (ring) that knocked against the block and chipped into the block. Both of our problems is that briggs knows this motor is junk and have stopped making it, another mechanic told me this was notoriously known on these motors. It is also a one piece block so I would check into that and think about a new used one or repowering it with an 18hp kohler. I dont know what I am going to do yet I may try to weld to repair mine i am not sure yet, these mowers are known for tranny problems as well, should have kept my old 5216 simplicity :(

topsites
09-12-2007, 04:14 AM
I don't know but I would replace the ignition switch before you get into the expensive stuff, to make sure it's not shorting some stupid kind of way. Then add a dab of die-electric grease to the spark plug tip, now at least you're fairly certain you're getting all of the spark through, because what I'm thinking is the engine is missing the electricity it needs to burn the fuel properly.

I have an old 1980's Kohler that was giving me headaches, it was all in the spark.

If that's not it I'd hate to tell you to get a new coil, but before tearing into an engine that doesn't even smoke, other than maybe pulling the valve cover for a visual inspection, I'd still be for ensuring all external components are right first.

Sure it's getting spark, but what if it's only pushing 50% of nominal?
Might be for replacing the coil as well, or better yet first get an ignition rebuild kit, more so if yours has points.

Somewhere in all that likely lies the solution :laugh:

Poot
09-12-2007, 11:51 AM
Good morning. Actually my issue was resolved (page 3) via the discovery of an old carb in my shed. I NEVER got the original carb to work regardless of what I did and I tried it all. Even thought to look at throttle shaft wear/side play but there was little and certainly not enough to let it suck air. Now I have another Briggs with a problem and will post it right now. :hammerhead:









Hey buddy I am thinking you have the same prob I have. You gave model 42a707 I thought that was a 19.5 turbo, but I have a 42e707 19.5 briggs with the same exact problem. I rebuilt the carb (which is the new carb with no mixture settings) and it still didnt work. finally i got into it and took the heads off and found an unseated valve (ring) that knocked against the block and chipped into the block. Both of our problems is that briggs knows this motor is junk and have stopped making it, another mechanic told me this was notoriously known on these motors. It is also a one piece block so I would check into that and think about a new used one or repowering it with an 18hp kohler. I dont know what I am going to do yet I may try to weld to repair mine i am not sure yet, these mowers are known for tranny problems as well, should have kept my old 5216 simplicity :(