Briggs & Stratton Briggs Stratton Vanguard V - Twin Vertical Ohv Engine with Electric Start 23 Hp, 1" X 3 5/32" Shaft, ModelNo. 386777 - 0036 - E1 - Page 7 - Answered Questions & Fixed issues

there is hose coming from your valve cover to pump. check it for cracks. one of your gaskets at the air filter housing to carb or carb to black block or block to intake maybe leaking. fuel shut off solenoid could be going bad. choke cable adjustment. there is crank case breather under air filter housing with a s shaped hose coming from it to air filter housing make sure it is not loose. i have an engine at work that did =the same thing. i work at a golf course. i am the mechanic. i changed the hose from valve cover to pump and it cured that problem

Briggs &... | Answered on Jan 06, 2010 | 1,132 views

Remove the wire that runs between both coils and try it again.If it starts you have a bad diode wire or a short to ground in the wire or shutdown system.

Briggs &... | Answered on Dec 15, 2009 | 393 views

This is most likely being caused by one of the safety switches cutting off current flow to the solenoid. turn the key on and jump the solenoid and see if you get spark to the plugs. If so you have a safety switch is under the seat, one is on the clutch pedal, one is on the reverse position and one is on the blade engagement lever. hope this helps you

Briggs &... | Answered on Dec 02, 2009 | 612 views

adjust gov. tangs

Briggs &... | Answered on Oct 13, 2009 | 313 views

Do the Wattage ratings match. That's the main difference.

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Briggs &... | Answered on Sep 07, 2009 | 670 views

If the gas is higher that the carb it will not have a fuel pump. Have you unhooked the fuel at the carb to see if fuel is getting to the carb? If it is not you have a blockage in the tank or fuel line or a clogged filter. If fuel is reaching the carb you have a stuck needle.

Briggs &... | Answered on Aug 29, 2009 | 339 views

pull the tank first and inspect. if u still find nothing, you might want to check your coil

Briggs &... | Answered on Aug 22, 2009 | 970 views

Anywhere from 35 lbs to 220 lbs, depending on the series of your engine. For your engine, the head bolt torque should be 190 lbs.

But I've attached a chart for you to utilize to make sure of your exact engine model series, just in case there was a transposed number, etc.

Here's the official Briggs & Stratton chart for all versions of their engines, which confirms the 190 lbs torque spec.

Hope you found this Very Helpful and best regards!

Briggs &... | Answered on Oct 23, 2010 | 3,151 views

I have a 7 year-old craftsman mower with a 22 HP Briggs engine that has the same issue. After about an hour, the mower acts as if it is starving for fuel and then stalls. Then after about 5 minutes of sitting, it will run for a little while longer.
If your engine is similar to mine, then its carb has a fuel shut off solenoid which shuts off fuel to the Main Jet when Voltage is removed to prevent backfiring when the key is shut off.
Unfortunately, this solenoid can also cause the carb to starve for fuel when not working properly. In my case, when I cleaned the solenoid and the solenoid's connections, the tractor had no problem after that.

Hope that helps,

Briggs &... | Answered on Aug 02, 2009 | 1,253 views

You need to replace the magneto.
There ya go marcus, Fixed'ya'!

Briggs &... | Answered on Aug 17, 2009 | 830 views

First thing u might want to check is the governor--Make sure the spring and linkage is hooked up properly and the governor is moving freely.

Briggs &... | Answered on Jul 20, 2009 | 1,341 views

sounds like you have too much oil in the engine (should normally be around 500-600ml when there is too much oil, it gets past the piston rings and pushes it through to the head.

Briggs &... | Answered on Jul 09, 2009 | 5,108 views

Check you float in the carb I had one a few years back and it was partualy plugged cleaned it out and everthing worked fine. Also is the PTO binding up or bearings going bad putting an excessive load on the motor.

Briggs &... | Answered on Jul 08, 2009 | 1,086 views

Check the air filter, replace.

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Briggs &... | Answered on Jun 27, 2009 | 1,083 views

Sounds like the ignition coil is overheating. But make sure there is oil pressure and that there is no restrictions on the fuel line. A lean fuel mixture can also cause it to stop.

Briggs &... | Answered on Nov 18, 2017 | 103 views

check the coil and air gap
if visible ..check over the stop wire system

comes up horizontal cant see a set of points listed for this motor



Briggs &... | Answered on Jun 17, 2016 | 215 views

A bad Starter Solenoid (Heavy Duty Relay). You can locate it by following the cable on the starter to it. It also should have a cable going from the battery to it, and a small wire from the ignition switch which activates it. Its purpose is to act as a high current switch between the battery and the starter.

Briggs &... | Answered on May 16, 2014 | 164 views

Many places to check!!!!-----Battery first---On-Off switch next----Take plug out & connect wire back----Try to start & watch plug for spark---If none,try new plug----still no spark,call good mechanic. If engine does not have electronic ignition,next place to check would be is points. Most Cam,points & condenser are harder to find.

Briggs &... | Answered on Jan 27, 2014 | 97 views

The cables typically get hot from too much current. If the starter motor is frozen and can not turn you get high current. This could be in the starter, but also if the engine itself is frozen. Push on the cooling fan blades to see if the engine still moves. Remove the starter motor to check it.

Briggs &... | Answered on Oct 18, 2013 | 76 views

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