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Briggs 11hp surges

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by bruces, Jun 18, 2002.

  1. bruces

    bruces LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 648

    Just bought an old used Encore 32 w/ 11 hp Briggs.

    When it is running, the engine surges under load. It is like I am moving the throttle back and forth. The rpms go up and down, I can see the throttle linkage moving.

    Ideas? I have changed the fuel, the air filter appears to be clean, am going to change the plug.

    What else should I check?

  2. Robert Doubrava

    Robert Doubrava LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    I would think you should check the governor linkage.:blob3:
  3. first thing I thought of too-governor linkage
  4. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 739

    Same here. I have a 12 hp that did that. I'd just fiddle with it and it would stop. It's sitting on the floor of my garage with a blown rod now. Better get someone who's QUALIFIED to work on it soon.
  5. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,465

    it could be too lean. have you tried backing the main jet needle out? loose linkage can cause problems also.
  6. grasmo

    grasmo LawnSite Member
    from fl
    Messages: 34

    too lean is about the only thing that will cause hunting. if it does it at idle and at wot i would check the intake gaskets or anything related in the intake runner part (cracks etc.). if it only does it at wot it has to be the main jet. it is in the middle of the float bowl and goes straight up to the venturi. take some carb or brake cleaner and spray it through the bottom. look in the venturi while you hold the throttle valve open and see if it comes out.

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