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Engine Valve Clearance

What is the valve clearance for my engine?

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The valve clearance would depend on the Model, Type, and Code of your engine and may be different for the intake and exhaust valve.

Your Operator's Manual states the valve clearance specifications. You can also find this and other common specs for our popular engine models in our Engine Specifications Chart (PDF).

If you wish to perform any required maintenance/repairs yourself, a good source for engine specifications and technical servicing information would be a Briggs & Stratton Repair Manual (Lookup Repair Manual by Model Series PDF). The correct Repair Manual for your model engine is often listed in your engine's Illustrated Parts List.

Repair Manuals are available for purchase through our websites Authorized Dealer.

Other helpful maintenance and instructional guides such as our Small Engine Care & Repair #CE8155 can also be ordered through this area.

Your best source of information regarding any engine concern would be a Briggs & Stratton Authorized Dealer. Your Briggs & Stratton Authorized Dealer has all the information relating to Briggs & Stratton warranty information, replacement engines, short blocks, parts, pricing, service/repair, specifications, etc.

For your convenience, we offer three easy ways to locate your nearest Briggs & Stratton Authorized Dealers:

  • Use our website's Service Dealer Locator.

  • Visit www.yellowpages.com and enter "Lawn Mowers" or "Engines-Gasoline" in the Category search field and your Postal Code in the Location search field.

  • Call the Briggs & Stratton Automated Hotline at (800) 444-7774. This hotline is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week and features voice recognition technology to assist you in finding the Briggs & Stratton Authorized Dealers in your area. Automated maintenance tips, product information, and FAQs are also offered through voice activated menus.

For related information, please visit our Servicing The Valves FAQ.



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