How to Repair Briggs & Stratton Engines


 How to Repair Briggs & Stratton  Engines

How to Repair Briggs & Stratton  Engines

This fourth revision of How to Repair Briggs & Stratton Engines is an attempt to take the mystery out of small-engine repair. Small engines are simple devices, on a par with automobiles of the 1930s. Anyone blessed with a bit of mechanical aptitude and the patience to see things through can do the work.

 In addition to the money saved—some shops extract a $60 minimum labor charge for adjusting a throttle cable—there is a joy in making an inert collection of aluminum and iron come alive. They say all working people remember their first paycheck, the pride they experienced in being worth something to the larger world. The glow that comes when you get your first engine started is equally unforgettable. This book covers all American-made Briggs single-cylinder engines built during the last 30 years or so. The emphasis is on the newer models, but things you need to know when you encounter an old timer are also included.

Unlike factory shop manuals, this book is intended for the amateur or beginning mechanic. The first chapter covers the basics, how engines work and what terms like “torque” and “compression ratio” mean. The next chapter goes into detail about troubleshooting, which is the essential skill of the mechanic. Material included here enables the reader to isolate the problem to the system involved.

 Once you have located the problem in, say, the fuel system, turn to that chapter. There you will find information on how to track  the malfunction down to a particular component and instructions for making the repair. Each system—fuel, ignition, rewind and electric starters, alternators, and engine mechanics—has its own chapter.

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