17 hp Briggs on a Scotts Rider, Please Read! I need help!

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by ketchone, Apr 15, 2004.

  1. ketchone

    ketchone LawnSite Member
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    Hey,

    I hope you Guru's out there can help me because I am looking for a piece of C4 and a cap to take this Mower out just for the pleasure of seeing it go. The Problem: 17 hp Briggs

    Customer reports engine backfiring profusely. I ran Engine The mower started fine and immediately started backfiring through the carb. I noticed an blue flame arcing between the headgasket area and the muffler (igniting off the hot muffler)

    Conclusion: blown head gasket. Fix: replaced gasket. Result: It would not restart, however lots of fuel vapor was being pushed out of the carborator intake. Making carb adjustments makes no difference. Lots of fuel vapors coming from carb. Constant flooding. What next?:blob4:
     
  2. sdwally

    sdwally LawnSite Senior Member
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    Possible sheared flywheel key, would throw timing off. Check valves and valve clearance. Hope this helps.
     
  3. ketchone

    ketchone LawnSite Member
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    Ran and backfired prior to head gasket replacement. So, you're surmising that the flywheel is spinning free or partly free resulting in mis-timing? Check this how? Yes, I am a newbie! But learning through a trial of fire!

    Charles
     
  4. ketchone

    ketchone LawnSite Member
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    Oh, another question. Where can I get a maintenance manual for this engine? Seems I will need one.

    Charles
     
  5. ketchone

    ketchone LawnSite Member
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    Valve were clean, clearance fine. And exhaust/intake valves were functioning properly.

    Charles
     
  6. sawman65

    sawman65 LawnSite Senior Member
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    did you check the spark plug???
     
  7. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
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    run a compression check my guess burnt valve or piece of debris under the valve or improper valve lash.
     
  8. sdwally

    sdwally LawnSite Senior Member
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    If the engine had a sudden impact of load the key has been known to shear. Flywheel will rotate a little bit out of posistion when this happens. Flywheel is still tight on shaft just rotate slightly out of posistion. Pull flywheel nut, check keyway alignment, if not visible then flywheel will have to be pulled.
    Another problem B&S has had on occassion is that the valve seats work loose. If this happens sometime stake the seat back into place works. Of course valve seats and valve will have to be recut and lapped in. If valve seat is really loose in block, then you would be looking at a new shortblock.
     
  9. ketchone

    ketchone LawnSite Member
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    Ok, starting from the begining. New Plug gapped to .035 with good spark. Compression checked and it holds. Gauged the valves and they are within tolerance. So next I will check the flywheel keyway alignment. As a point of interest when I pulled the valve cover the exhaust valve was very dirty however, the valves measure within tolerance.
     

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