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Briggs with leaky head gasket?

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GEO-TH, In

05-15-2019 13:24:48




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Friend was given a 54 inch craftsman mower. Voltage regulator was fired. Replaced it and got it running. Left head gasket was leaking. So friend replace gasket and coated it with #2 permatex. New gasket is leaking.

So is using permatex on head gasket a bad idea? I've never used anything on head gaskets.

Friend has no manual and doesn't know torque sequence either.

Best we could find head bolt torque is about 20#ft.

Any advice?


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t.r.k.

05-15-2019 18:41:27




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 Re: Briggs with leaky head gasket? in reply to GEO-TH, In, 05-15-2019 13:24:48  
I would try again without Permatex. They seal just fine without any help. And I would OIL the threads and torque the bolts to specification.

Also, to prevent that happening in the future, don't close the throttle before you switch it off. Any kind of backfire is bad for head gaskets.



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Roy Prins

05-15-2019 17:04:19




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 Re: Briggs with leaky head gasket? in reply to GEO-TH, In, 05-15-2019 13:24:48  
Yep -- warped head -- btdt -- Roy



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Donald Lehman

05-15-2019 17:03:19




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 Re: Briggs with leaky head gasket? in reply to GEO-TH, In, 05-15-2019 13:24:48  
Shouldn't need sealer if the head isn't warped. Take a piece of double thickness glass. Tape a piece of emery cloth on the glass. Lay it on a flat surface and slide the head over it in a circular motion for 15 or 20 strokes. More than likely you will find that it isn't flat.



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Jeffcat

05-15-2019 14:55:00




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 Re: Briggs with leaky head gasket? in reply to GEO-TH, In, 05-15-2019 13:24:48  
Go on the net and type in Check chart Briggs and Stratton. Gives you all of the answers.



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GEO-TH, In

05-15-2019 15:53:28




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 Re: Briggs with leaky head gasket? in reply to Jeffcat, 05-15-2019 14:55:00  
No model 44P777. No torque sequence either.

I'm guessing models 445000 my be close, not sure.



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kencombs

05-15-2019 16:48:57




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 Re: Briggs with leaky head gasket? in reply to GEO-TH, In, 05-15-2019 15:53:28  
Geo, I found that model number in the first page of the Google response.



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kencombs

05-15-2019 14:37:18




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 Re: Briggs with leaky head gasket? in reply to GEO-TH, In, 05-15-2019 13:24:48  
First question: is the head surface flat? Sealer shouldn't be needed, but shouldn't cause a leak either.



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GEO-TH, In

05-15-2019 17:10:19




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 Re: Briggs with leaky head gasket? in reply to kencombs, 05-15-2019 14:37:18  
He didn't check for flatness. Like others said, good chance head is warped.



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