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Help me get this BR400 running

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by keith.mcginnis, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,953

    If there is no oil in the area of those seals then they are fine. And they are easy to pry out just use a screwdriver. Are you still working on the BR400?
     
  2. keith.mcginnis

    keith.mcginnis LawnSite Member
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    I'm going to order the seals today. Yes still working on this 400
     
  3. keith.mcginnis

    keith.mcginnis LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    Starter side, the Seal just fell out when I took the cup off. I assume this means the seal is DONE! Is that bearing supposed to look like that? Seems to be missing some bb's.
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    The Seal #1
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    The Seal#2
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    Flywheel Side
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    Does this seal look bad?
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    Need to be replaced?
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  4. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,240

    Kieth...Probably a good place to stop...The ball bearings that are missing have been ingested by the engine...never works out too good...
    Stick a fork in it...its done...
     
  5. keith.mcginnis

    keith.mcginnis LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    Why do you say its missing bearings? Looks like this one only has 8 as well.

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  6. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I stand corrected...The cage that used to hold the ball bearings is what the engine injested.
    Doesnt change the prognosis...
     
  7. keith.mcginnis

    keith.mcginnis LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    I hear you, but how would that cause an engine with perfect compression to not start? I'm not going that far with it though. Not that I don't feel that I'm able, just don't want to spend that much money on a free blower. Either way I have the new seal coming. I'll replace it and see if it grenades afterward.

    -Keith
     
  8. keith.mcginnis

    keith.mcginnis LawnSite Member
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    Oh and just for the record I HATE STIHL!
     
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,953

    We you are dong fine put those seals back in and good to go. I am assume this is the BR400 which is two stroke? Actually the BR400 and 420 are maybe the best blower ever made. I got 4 of them and 13 Echo units. I just had seal come out on Echo PB620 and it kept starting so the crew kept using it until a ring broke. Fortunately it didn't do much damage and I am putting a used piston in it some rings and seals and I am certain I will be good to go.
    I get a lot of good parts from the local dealer where people run raw gas in the units and then don't have them repaired. I did repo on 4 a couple years ago and all are fine.
     
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    The bearing retainer appears to be plastic. It won't hurt a thing.
     

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