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oletrkguy

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I have an old lawn tractor with a briggs engine and the model number has been rubbed off, so i have no idea what the model number is. However I hope someone can help me with out needing the model.

The engine is to the point that it will not turn over. When I first hit the switch the flywheel will barely move, then nothing. It may click from time to time but nothing else. If i connect a battery charger/starter machine to it, it will start after a few minutes. A guy at a local small engine shop said the starter was ok and he said i need to have the valves adjusted. He said the OHV Briggs engines were bad for the valves to get out of adjustment causing the engine to be hard to start. Does that sound reasonable? Will the valves cause it to be hard to start? After it starts and gets warm it will start everytime. And the battery is new.

Any help and advice is appreciated.

oletrkguy in SC

Ross Zimmermann

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If your valves are adjusted properly, your starter and battery are good, it could very well be that the compression release has fallen apart. It's built into the camshaft. This requires pulling the sump off, replacing the camshaft and then re-adjusting the valves.
oletrkguy

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I noticed over the weekend that the crankcase had almost a gallon of oil and gas mixed. I may be better off getting another mower.  Thanks for our help
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