Adjusting governors on Briggs & Stratton

Old 05-12-04, 09:56 PM
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I could use any help or advice on how to properly adjust the governor on a Briggs Engine. Thanx
Old 05-12-04, 10:05 PM
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In order to adjust a governer you must first know how it works and weather or not it need adjusting.

When you put the engine under load the governor should advance the throttle perhaps to full depending upon the extent of the load. The governor is two flyweights that move out due to centrifugal force and pushes against a spring that is connected to the throttle linkage. You should ,for sure, see the throttle linkage move by the governor when going between no load and full load. That might be hard to see directly on some engines. If there is no movement it could be that the flyweights are stuck or the little thimble is frozen on the shaft it rides on. Before you start the engine the throttle linkage should be holding the CARB at full throttle and when the engine starts the governor will close off most of that throttle to run the engine at a reasonable no load speed by the centrifugal force acting against a spring on the throttle linkage. When you advance the throttle manually you are only changing the tension of that spring which the governor pushes against. If the governor ISN'T working for some reason you could expect a radical change in speed between no load and full load. If the engine is running at a reasonable speed at no load and the governor is stuck you could expect the engine to bog down and almost quit when a load is applied because the governor can't advance the throttle to maintain constant speed in the face of the increasing load. So let us know if you still think that your govoner is the culprit and needs adjusting.

Others will respond to your post with advice. Let us know how it goes.
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Thanx Bud. I value the info. My problem is the engine is hunting & surging. I put in a carb kit as it need one, I don't think there are any fuel restrictions. & there is no vent on the fuel cap to worry about. My best guess is the governor. I am contemplating changing the governor spring but before I do I hope to get more info.

Thanx for the help God Bless
Old 05-12-04, 11:16 PM
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Before you mess with the governor, try adjusting the high speed mixture screw on the carb. That's probably the reason the engine is hunting. Changing the governor spring won't help that.
Old 05-13-04, 12:02 AM
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Hello PeeDee!

I agree...the governor is not the cause of engine hunting. The governor is set at the factory, and should never need adjusting again unless it gets replaced. The surging is caused by a lean fuel condition.
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I agree, the hunting will be carburetor related. You stated you put a carb kit in it, but didn't mention if you soaked the carb in a quality cleaner before installing the kit. If not, you will need to...I recommend NAPA #6401 Carburetor Cleaner. Use caution when using this solution as it is very strong. Remove all rubber and plastic parts from the carb, use hand and eye protection and let the carb soak for 20 minutes in this cleaner. Then go ahead and wash the carb off with a spray carb cleaner, then reassemble and, walah! You should be good. Let us know how it goes.
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Surging Governor

I have a Brigg and Stratton 5 horse horizontal shaft engine with a pulse jet carburetor. It is model 130202 0140 sitting on a Magna TillSmith Tiller. I have replace the diaphram, cleaned the tank and carburetor thoroughly. The problem is still the same, the governor is causing the engine to surge. If I hold the throttle in place, it purrs like a kitten so I don't think there is a problem with the diaphram or the jet screw but I can feel the governor linkage trying to pull on it.
If I loosen the bolt on the governor, and turn the screw counter clockwise just a hair, it runs without surging but it runs WAY too fast. What am I looking at. I have replace the spring connecting the governor lever to the throttle cable. It may be stretched out now because of constantly removing the tank and carburetor assemly. If I get another spring I may be able to replace it without pulling the tank and carburetor assembly but remove the pully and fly wheel cover and working with a pin nose plyer. I have not replaced the governor linkage and the spring on it is missing. When I do get it to run smoothly, it dies after I use it for a while.
I'm not sure about the placement of the governor linkage to the throttle in relation to the choke linkage which is also connected to the throttle cable. The only thing I have is the parts diagram from Brigg and Stratton. I have nothing showing exactly the correct lickage positioning.
I just hope it's not an internal governor problem.
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Originally Posted by PeeDee
I could use any help or advice on how to properly adjust the governor on a Briggs Engine. Thanx
Knowing the model number would be helpful. There is a static adjustment that applies to some and can definitely , in some cases, eliminate a hunt/surge condition.
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B&S governor not working

I have a B&S model no. 130212 type 3250 , Hroz Shaft on a MTD Shredder.
Engine starts fine and runs at idle OK .
However when load is applied it bogs down .
All linkages are free of dirt and is working fine . The governor arm does not appear to move ( can move it manually and engine will accelerate)
How can i fix this ????
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