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Learn how to Fix the Points on a Briggs and Stratton.
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Well, this machine is a story of neglect. I fixed it for him a year ago. Now, he left it outside in the snow and the rain for a whole year after he used it and he is complaining it would not start again. 5 horse-Briggs let us see when it was made. Well, the first problem is the top vented gas cap. I know there is going to be water in the gas so I better get that all out of there. Oh man that gas smells like shit. That is what happens when you have the carburetors in the sun all summer long. It dries the gas out and makes it smell really crappy and gets stinky. Now, I will check the oil. It is kind of low. It should be near the top. Check the compression. That feels normal. Well, now I am going to check the spark part and see how the spark clogs in. That is pretty good. Now, the spark test, nothing and it is turned on. So, this is an older model. Before 1982, all Briggs and Stratton engines had pointed in condenser ignitions so now, I got to take the flywheel off and fix the points.
Now boys and girls, it makes no difference whatsoever that you sand and clean the flywheel to control the spark. It does not matter how much rust there is, the spark power is exactly the same but this costumer went to the trouble of doing that. All that matters is your gap between here and here is as close as possible, your ratchet is moving freely, the ground wire is not rubbing on the flywheel shorting it out. That is what would kill the motor. The wire is not plugged with dust or dirt so now let us take this thing off. I am about to wink my eyes. Did you see that? It is as simple as that. This is good. Now, I will show you how to extract the flywheel. Now, it is time for extraction, one handy dandy pry bar, one cheap $20.00 air chisel with a point on it.
Pry the flywheel and wink your eyes. It is off. Notice, there is a blob with silicon or something sealing where the wires go in, that is very important because when it rains, water gets in your cover and corrode your points. Now that that is all apart, check the point gap. It should be set at 20,000 of an inch and that looks correct. Rotate this to see that they are opening and closing and that the plunger is not stock. Now, they are working. Now, 99 % of the time, you do not have to change your points of denser when it does not start without a spark. How I do it is I tear up a little strip of black silicon carbide silicon sandpaper. It is the hardest kind of sandpaper there is and it comes in really fine grits up to like 1500. I like to use grid under around number 320. Do not put your fingers on the sandpaper and put finger print oil on it and never touch the gap with your fingerprints or any kind of dirt.
I have my little strip, I will pinch it over, try not to touch the surfers. And now, I shove it in the points gap I sand it back and forth over and over and over in that little gap and you can see the corrosion I got on it already. And when the gap is still open, I will give it a blow. Rotate until it closes. Point is always close in a Briggs where the key way lines up with the screw. When they are closed, rub the points together. I call that seeding the surface of the points. Push down hard while you are doing that. Then rotate open, blow one more time, everything, close again, rub it again, open, blow and I bet you we have got spark. Put the key back in, put the ratchet back on right finger tight. And, rotate it to the magnets. Line up with the magneto and then quickly rock this flywheel back and forth and check if we have got spark. And we do. As simple as that, that is all I am doing. So now, I will just take that back up, seal up the cover again and reassemble it. Now, we got to clean up the testing and the carburetor. Now, seal around with the wires there at the silicon and be ready to put the flywheel on. Done like an empty beer. Now, put it back on. Make sure you do not pinch your wire when you are putting the cover back on. Stick it in the right slot.