Briggs OHV Blue Smoke on Startup

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by JamesGarfield, Jun 2, 2006.

  1. JamesGarfield

    JamesGarfield LawnSite Member
    Posts: 78

    Recently I re-engined my 21", replacing the faithful but tired old Briggs Quattro with a new 6.75 Briggs OHV. This is my first experience with OHV Briggs. Overall the engine is great -- runs very smooth, plenty of power, and impressive fuel economy. But every day, on the first 'cold start' of the day, it will puff out a cloud of blue-white smoke. Does this for just a half-second, then the exhaust becomes clear and stays clear afterwards. Subsequent starts throughout the day don't give the smoke. The engine runs great, and burns no oil during the day. Is this a normal thing with OHV Briggs? The engine is still fairly low hours, so is this maybe a break in thing?
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,023

    Sometimes it does take a little to seat the rings in, I would suggest lowering the oil level just below the full line just to make sure that isn't a issue and give it a little more time and see what happens.

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