20 hp twin Briggs floods while parked


Old 11-25-08, 06:37 AM
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20 hp twin Briggs floods while parked

I'm hoping someone will have an idea to what my problem is. I have a 5 year old Bolens rider with a 20 hp briggs twin. When ever I go to start it, the engine pours out blue smoke, which means I'm burning oil I guess. Very annoying, but it ends after a couple minutes of running.

A couple times I've had it where it will not turn over, as in the engine is locked. In those instances I needed to manually work it so the engine would turn over, and when I finally was able use the electric start and get the thing running, it would spray out gas through the frontend muffler all over my driveway.

I'm thinking about adding a fuel shut off hoping this would solve it, but maybe someone has another idea?
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Old 11-26-08, 12:31 AM
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The carb needs to be cleaned and reconditioned. The inlet needle is leaking gas into the crankcase. Don't run it this way, because gas is in the oil. Gas makes a poor lubricant and it will ruin your engine in short order.

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