Gas in oil sump

Old 03-16-03, 01:42 PM
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I have a Briggs & Stratton 14.5 hp vertical engine. Preparing it for the season, I had it running once before I checked the oil and it was smoking badly and only ran for a short time. Gasoline & apparently oil mix was also shooting from the breather tube and drowning out the engine. When I checked the oil I found that the oil sump was full of gasoline. How did the gasoline get into the oil and is the engine shot?
Old 03-16-03, 10:02 PM
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Hello woodeman!

No problem, your engine is swtill good. You have a leaking carburetor. Clean the carb well and replace the needle. If the float has fuel in it, replace it too, but it is probably OK. Use a Q-tip soaked with carb cleaner to swab out the fuel inlet where the needle goes. Change the oil before you start it again or damage could result.

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