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Old 08-02-2008, 09:30 PM
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Trouble with 16HP Briggs & Stratton

I have a 16HP briggs ELS on a Quick 36. I have had trouble starting it for a while, but now it seems very hard to turn over. I have a brand new battery and new spark plug. It seems like something is holding it back. I have taken off the drive belt and taken the clutch of the engine shaft, so I know this problem is when the engine itself. When I do get it started it doesn't sound right and it doesn't have the blade speed that it used to. It clogs up easily and feels like their is less power.
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Old 08-03-2008, 12:43 AM
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check the valve lash. it should be .004-.006.

while you have the rocker cover off turn the engine over by hand and see if both valves move the same distance.

those engines seem to need a few valve adjustments in the first 20-200 hours, and they have had a problem with cam lobes wearing down.
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Old 08-03-2008, 02:42 AM
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That might be out of my range of fixability. Could you give a detailed description on how to do that. thanks for your reply.
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Old 08-03-2008, 07:42 AM
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if you are not SURE you can do it take it to a dealer.
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Old 08-03-2008, 11:55 AM
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it's kinda hard to explain without being able to post pics. get a manual (your local library should have one), or take it to a dealer. you'll save money because the mech. will charge to undo what you've done if you do it wrong.
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Old 08-03-2008, 04:51 PM
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i agree with you.
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