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Removing the Starter on a Vanguard V-Twin Engine

How do I remove the starter on my Vanguard V-Twin engine?

This may be done by using a special universal socket. Use a 13 MM, 12 point, 1/4 drive universal socket (B & S Service Tool Universal Socket part number 19353) to remove the electric starter bolts. On newer Vanguard V-Twin engines (beginning with date code 00), it may be necessary to use a 12 MM instead of 13 MM socket.

Master Parts Catalog

If you wish to perform this test yourself, our Service Tools Catalog (PDF) contains illustrations and part numbers of our specialty tools.

Select Service Tools can be purchased through the Genuine Parts section of our website. Service Tools can also be ordered via phone by calling our Briggs & Stratton Answer Center at (800) 444-7774 (48 Contiguous United States orders only).


In addition, select Briggs & Stratton Authorized Dealer also sell Service Tools. Please contact the dealers in your area to determine if they offer this service.

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

  • Use our website's Service Center 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.


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