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Paul Dempsey is the editor of How to Repair Briggs and Stratton Engines eBook.
1. The product range.
3. Ignition systems.
4. The fuel system.
6. Charging Systems.
7. Engine Mechanics.
8. The Europa.
9. Winds of Change.
This fourth revision of How to Repair Briggs & Stratton Engines is an attempt to take the mystery out of small-engine repair. Small engines are simple devices, on a par with automobiles of the 1930s. Anyone blessed with a bit of mechanical aptitude and the patience to see things through can do the work.
In addition to the money saved—some shops extract a $60 minimum labor charge for adjusting a throttle cable—there is a joy in making an inert collection of aluminum and iron come alive.
They say all working people remember their first paycheck, the pride they experienced in being worth something to the larger world (How to Repair Briggs and Stratton Engines by Paul Dempsey).
The glow that comes when you get your first engine started is equally unforgettable. This How to Repair Briggs and Stratton Engines by Paul Dempsey book covers all American-made Briggs single-cylinder engines built during the last 30 years or so.
The emphasis is on the newer models, but things you need to know when you encounter an old timer are also included. Unlike factory shop manuals, this How to Repair Briggs and Stratton Engines by Paul Dempsey book is intended for the amateur or beginning mechanic.
The first chapter covers the basics, how engines work and what terms like “torque” and “compression ratio” mean. The next chapter goes into detail about troubleshooting, which is the essential skill of the mechanic.
Material included here enables the reader to isolate the problem to the system involved. Once you have located the problem in, say, the fuel system, turn to that chapter.
There you will find information on how to track the malfunction down to a particular component and instructions for making the repair (How to Repair Briggs and Stratton Engines by Paul Dempsey).
Each system—fuel, ignition, rewind and electric starters, alternators, and engine mechanics—has its own chapter. The “Engine Mechanics” chapter describes the repair and restoration of major engine components.
Here you will learn how to reface a cylinder head and other warped castings with a homemade “Armstrong milling machine,” the meaning of piston wear patterns, and how to do everything necessary to bring a worn engine back to as-new condition.
Some repairs, such as grinding the crankshaft and reboring cylinders, are beyond the scope of the home mechanic and must be farmed out. These processes are described in enough detail so that the reader can verify that the work was performed correctly.
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Briggs supplies dealer mechanics with a range of special tools, which can be purchased by the public. But the tools are not cheap and there are often delays while you wait for delivery (How to Repair Briggs and Stratton Engines by Paul Dempsey).
Whenever possible, the text suggests substitutes. Equivalents for many of these tools can be fabricated at home. Each critical operation is described and illustrated with photographs and drawings.
Most of these illustrations originate with Briggs & Stratton, but when Kohler, Yanmar, or some other manufacturer had a better, more informative illustration, it was used.
The next chapter provides a detailed analysis of the Europa, the first modern Briggs & Stratton overhead engine and the pattern for those that followed (How to Repair Briggs and Stratton Engines by Paul Dempsey).
The engine was purchased new, disassembled and each part examined and photographed. Then it was run for more than 500 hours as a test of durability.
As far as I know, this is the only published account of a longterm, real-world test of a small engine. The How to Repair Briggs and Stratton Engines by Paul Dempsey book concludes with a brief look at the future. Briggs & Stratton faces challenges from foreign competition and from United States and European moves to limit exhaust emissions.
This chapter describes the actions Briggs is taking to retain its position as the leading small engine manufacturer in the world.
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