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Re: 18 hp briggs cam repair?

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11-01-2013 17:36:40

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what model 18hp do you have? If it is a single cylinder, then you removed the push rods, removed bottom cover and take cam out? Are you sure it has a bad cam and don't just need valves adjusted? They get out of adjustment pretty easy and when that happens, compression release does not function. Valve clearance is .004.

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George Marsh

11-01-2013 17:51:09

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 Re: 18 hp briggs cam repair? in reply to JT, 11-01-2013 17:36:40  
Yes, I'm 100% sure it has a bad cam. Yes, it's a single cylinder. Nice to know all I'll need is the engine gasket and not the set.

I've adjusted a few briggs engines, even my honda engine. I blue printed this engine so I knew for certain when it was on compression stroke. Absolutely, no movement in either exhaust or intake valve.

As for cam, can a cam from another single cylinder briggs be used, say a 14 hp?

Is there a cheaper source for a new cam?

Can the old cam be repaired?

Many thanks


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El Toro

11-02-2013 08:50:09

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 Re: 18 hp briggs cam repair? in reply to George Marsh, 11-01-2013 17:51:09  
Your local lawn mower shop may have a used cam. Ford and Chevy had that problem back in the 1950's. Some were replaced free. Hal

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11-01-2013 17:47:22

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 Re: 18 hp briggs cam repair? in reply to JT, 11-01-2013 17:36:40  
George, someone seen you coming, lol, if it is a single cylinder Briggs engine, a new cam should be in the 75.00-80.00 range. The one I looked up for a 33 ci engine, sells for 72.99 for the cam and a 5.00 gasket and 4.40 for the lower seal, where I work at, email is open if you need help getting a little more reasonable camshaft

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George Marsh

11-01-2013 17:55:26

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 Re: 18 hp briggs cam repair? in reply to JT, 11-01-2013 17:47:22  
My local guy said the same thing, $80. He gave me the price for an entire gasket set, $60.

When I get time, I'll take engine apart and take a look see inside.

At this point friend doesn't want to put $150 in a used mower, when there are many on craigslist for $100-$200 range.

However, the rest of the mower has been well taken care of.


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