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I have an older 4 cycle Briggs and Stratton engine that needs points replaced. How do I remove the flywheel in order to get at the points? Thanks

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You must remove recoil housing and flywheel retaining nut or nut assembly. a flywheel puller is recommended however a two person team will do; using two prybar system pry flywheel up or out away from engine block prying from opposite sides of flywheel just enough to remove flywheel end play but not ever enough to pop off flywheel. It is very important to not pry so hard as to ever break any component under or around bottom of flywheel. Now with the use of a brass punch or aluminum shaft equal to or larger that diameter of shaft where retaining nut was removed; person # 2 should us a small ball pin hammer or equivalent to strike brass punch or aluminum shaft to break tapered shaft from flywheel. Never us a large hammer as engine damage is likely. Usually one or two good solid strikes is all it takes so good luck.

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