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Briggs #2 cylinder fouling plug

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by bbahun, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. bbahun

    bbahun LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    Here is what I have B&S 21HP OHV V-twin intek Model#407777 Type 0174. After I run it for a short period of time I notice a slight flutter or real mild backfire at full speed. The 1 cylinder plug looks good but the #2 plug is black. If I replace it and run it for about 5-10 min. and check it again it is black. I put an inline spark checker on and it seems to always be sparking. Air filter is clean and the carb looks clean(everything shinny). Could this be a valve out of adjustment? If so does anyone know what they should be set at?Thanks---Ben
  2. shop22

    shop22 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    probably need to do a leak down or a least a compression check. usually if the plug is black and sooty , its running rich. If it is black from oil deposits then it may be a ring or cylinder problem. Best thing is a leak down test that will tell you the condition of the that cylinder.
  3. bbahun

    bbahun LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    Thanks shop22, I'll try that.
  4. leeker

    leeker LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    seems like the valves need adjusted alot on these engines. Also when you look at the valves take a look at the exhaust guides to make sure they arent coming loose. this will cause the vlave not to open all the way. when the guide gets to far out it will cause the push rod to bend and then the push rod can fall into the crankcase from the oil return hole. Just went through this, THIS MORNING! how many hours are on this unit

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