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Advanced Small Engine Repair

Advanced Small Engine Repair | Briggs & Stratton

Many engine performance problems can be linked to maintenance issues such as stale fuel, dirty air filter, fouled spark plug, and deteriorated oil.

A great way to help avoid these problems would be to perform an annual tune-up using a Briggs & Stratton engine Maintenance Kit.


Advanced Repair

The systems and techniques in this section are more complex than those described in our Basic Problem Solving Tips FAQ. But they're well within your reach if you have some basic repair projects under you belt. The same basic principles apply.

If an advanced repair task is new to you, start by reviewing Troubleshooting Poor Engine Performance and Engine Operation/Safety.

Here are a few of the subjects you should review to prepare for the projects in this section:

  • Before you clean your carburetor, review the basics of carburetor operation (see Fuel System).

  • Before you replace the ignition, you should have some knowledge of how electricity is generated (see Ignition System).

  • Before removing carbon deposits, it's helpful to understand the source of carbon deposits in the engine (see Compression System and Fuel System, Lubrication & Cooling System).

  • Before servicing the valves, review the mechanics of compression (see Compression System).

  • Before servicing a brake or stop switches, review the principles of the flywheel brake (see Braking System).

The background provided in these system sections will help you get through the advanced repair projects with no trouble. If you're concerned about special issues that pertain to your engine, contact a Briggs & Stratton . The technicians there can offer you helpful advice specific to your engine make and model.



If you have experience in basic repair and confidence in your ability, you can take on these tasks by yourself:

Inspecting the Flywheel & Key Overhauling the Carburetor
Flywheel Carburetor Overhaul
Testing the Electrical System Replacing the Ignition
Servicing the Valves Removing Carbon Deposits
Servicing the Brake



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