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What part of the engine could be the problem and where would I find a diagram to help me to identify the part/s that need to be replaced?
Experienced gardeners share their insights in answering this question :
Piston rings need to be replaced. Which also means there will also be damage to the bore. This will also require repair, or it will always use oil, be very smokey & fowl the sparkplug. Replacement parts are quite expensive. In my experience with Briggs motors. they are great while they are new, yet when they start giving probs, then it is time to replace it. I have 5 machines with motors ranging from 5hp to 18hp. All were originally purchased with Briggs motors, but after about 12 months are replaced with Honda’s. Each machine does about 20hrs/week & are replaced at about 18months.

How to Identify and Fix Common Gardening Problems ?

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Blue or white smoke coming from your engine usually indicates burning oil, which can be caused by: Overfilling the crankcase with oil. Incorrect oil grades. Operating engine at greater than a 15 degree angle.
Your lawn mower`s carburetor regulates the ratio of gasoline to air mixture. If the carburetor isn`t getting enough air, the mixture has a higher percentage of gasoline, which can create black exhaust smoke. It`s possible that a dirty or clogged air filter is preventing sufficient airflow into the carburetor.
The first thing you want to check is the oil level. Low engine oil is one of the main causes of engine knocking so you`ll want to check this before assuming you need extensive repairs. Once your mower has sat long enough for the engine to cool, you`ll want to remove the oil fill cap and dipstick.
Smoke often leaves car engines as a result of overheating. This can be caused by faulty wire casings, heated residues on the engine block and overheated liquids including oil, transmission fluid and brake fluid. There may also be a fault in your coolant system, or your engine may not have enough lubricant.
A lawnmower engine commonly smokes on startup because the oil level is over full. Other common causes include: Mower stored incorrectly. Wrong oil type.
Knocking occurs when fuel burns unevenly in your engine. When everything is going as it should, and the cylinders have the correct mix of air and fuel, the mixture burns in a controlled, progressive manner. After each cylinder`s air/fuel mixture burns, it should create a small “shock wave” in your engine.
To fix blue or gray smoke: The easy way is to add a bottle of Motor Honey Oil Treatment to your motor oil with each oil change. It`s specially designed to reduce oil burning and stop smoky exhausts. The hard way is an engine overhaul, which is about a hundred times more expensive and a thousand times more work.
White smoke usually means coolant is getting into the combustion chambers of your vehicle. This generally happens because of a cracked or leaking head gasket, which allows coolant to seep into your cylinders. In extreme cases, you will need to replace your head gasket.

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My Toro mower with a Briggs & Stratton engine starts and then cuts off after a few seconds. How do I fix this?
ANSWER : If it starts on choke and then stops may need to clean out carby and fuel tank

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How do I remove and clean air filter? – Briggs & Stratton Lawn-Boy 10640 20-Inch 6.5 HP Gas Powered Lawn Mower
ANSWER : There should be a square of plastic on the side of the engine which is opposite of the muffler. It has a small hex head with a slot cut in it. Remove this plastic cover and the air cleaner should be inside of it.

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Toro ride on mower won’t start
ANSWER : Try replacing your spark plug. If that fails then go to the engine, cheak your carb, lines, and gas. cheak for gum in the engine/carb. If gummed then get carb cleaner and spray twice, wait 1 hour then try again. If my solution fails then you might need expert help. Good Luck!

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I have a Poulan push mower that after mowing in a ditch started making a loud noise and running rough. It almost sounded as if metal was hitting metal. The mower was vibrating more than normal. I checked under the mower and nothing is hitting. After a few times of stopping the mower engine because it sound as if it is going to die down the mower will not start now. The shaft does not appear bent and the blade appears ok. The mower has oil, a good spark plug and a clean air filter. It was running fine until that moment. I did not see anything that I hit but it is possible I hit something in the ditch like a pine cone or branch. What could the problem be and how would I go about fixing it?
ANSWER : If you are sure the oil level is correct then it sounds like it’s about to die, unfortunately. A pine cone shouldn’t cause any damage, but a large branch may do so. Was it smoking before you shut it down? The vibration could be caused from a bent blade. It could also be caused from a part breaking in the motor. I wish I could have given you better news!

Good Luck,

Jim

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Help with the lawnmower. It starts and stalls after a few seconds
ANSWER : Check the fuel system clean the carb .

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My Briggs & Stratton gives off a puff of blue smoke when I first start it. When in idle it will REV up & down and give an ocassional backfire.
ANSWER : Sounds like you may have too much oil in the engine. Check your oil level.

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Riding mower keeps back firing and will not start
ANSWER : You have a sheared timing key it is under thefly wheel replace says the red neck

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Engine will not turn over ehen hot – Craftsman 42" Briggs & Stratton 17.5 hp Gas Powered Riding Lawn
ANSWER : Your problem could be the starter or battery. Because the engine will not turn over when hot, I suspect the starter.

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