20 Most Recent Briggs & Stratton Power Products 5,550 Watt Portable Generator #30241 Questions & Answers


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Briggs &... | Answered on Jan 17, 2019


may be a bad breaker or a shorted wiring problem. not generating any power, I would ck. the brushes inside the generator.

Briggs &... | Answered on Mar 30, 2018


check engine speed by the sound...if normal then check AVR card...replace it...
if not normal rase it...

Briggs &... | Answered on Nov 08, 2016


fuel, fire, mechanical. Miss one and she won;t run. Are you sure the gas was good? Not some old can laying around that may have turned or become water contaminated? If it was fresh gas, then take off the air cleaner and spray a little wd-40, or ether, or brake cleaner whatever is flammable into the carb throat. Just a 1 second shot is all it should need. Try and start with that. If it starts and then dies quickly, still a fuel problem. maybe a gasket is damaged, or the jet is clogged. When you said you checked for fire, you acutally took the plug out and had it grounded while spinning the motor and saw spark? If you saw a hot spark then you have eliminated fire. Mechanical not likely if it was running well a short time before. If a valve was damaged, it would still run but not too well. My gut feeling is it is related to fuel.

Briggs &... | Answered on Oct 01, 2016


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Briggs &... | Answered on Dec 07, 2015


Not enough info to help you.

Briggs &... | Answered on Sep 19, 2014


Hello, probably a really good guess is 2 1/2 to 3 gals. Oil type I would use cleaing additive multi-temperatur 10/15 or 10/20 well know brank. Synethic oil I don't know how well does it work in an air cool engine. GB...stewbison

Briggs &... | Answered on Jul 06, 2014


Sounds like you don't have compression! It could be many things a broken piston, one of the rocker arms could be loose, or you actually have a broken rocker arm.Dissassemble where the rocker arms are and check if everything is in working order if it is take off the spark plug and check if you can see the piston going up and down . Let me know how it goes so we can try and solve the problem!

Briggs &... | Answered on Jun 11, 2014


Usually there is a reason why the rocker arm came off the push rod so you will need to check a few things before putting it back together. First make sure the push rod is not bent, if it is replace it, do not try to straighten it. Make sure the rocker arm stud did not loosen, if it did back out, re-tighten. If you're ready to put it back together, you will need to set the valve clearance between the rocker arm and the push rod. You will need to know the engine model number to get this clearance since it varies. Once you get the clearance values, make sure the piston is at TDC on a compression stroke and adjust the valves per the setting. In some rare instances, the valve can "stick" in the valve guide and this will cause excessive gap. However, usually when this occurs the engine will not start anyway. Hope this gets you in the right direction.

Briggs &... | Answered on Jun 08, 2014


Hi Rex

I set them up to around 10 thousands of an inch ( about 0.25 mm) .
I use a piece of brass shim as a spacer. A piece of thick plastic material would be OK (or some thin cardboard). You need a bit of non magnetic material which does not stick to the magnet. The actual gap is not too critical, however you do not want the flywheel to rub on the pole piece when it is running, neither do you want the gap to be too great as the magnetic coupling will not be good.
Good luck with the repair, make sure the flywheel is not going to rub.
Jacko from down under

Briggs &... | Answered on Jun 04, 2014


make it a boat anchor,,,,cheaper and less time consuming to put this back together,,,second thought...could use this as a fishing line weight for fishing on a windy day

Briggs &... | Answered on Apr 13, 2014


Fuel from the fuel tank flows to the carburetor and then on into the engine cylinders. From there it seeps into the crank case.
It's a matter of gravity. The gas will seep until it reaches the lowest point in the engine.
There are two methods of correcting this dangerous problem.
1) When you are done using the engine you can turn it upside down, over a large container that is of sufficient size to contain all the gas and oil that will run out of the engine.
or
2) Turn the fuel valve to it's OFF position when you are done running the engine. This stops the fuel from seeping into the crank case from the carburetor.
(And a heads up from one who has personal, first hand experience. Be sure to OPEN the fuel shut off valve when you think you would like to start the engine.)
If you should have this happen again DO NOT try to start the engine!
(That's one of the reasons The Da always said, "Did you check the oil before you started that engine?")
Dump out all of the oil that has been contaminated with fuel and replace it with fresh oil.

Briggs &... | Answered on Dec 24, 2013


you can clean the fly wheel where the magnets are an see if that helps . you might need a NEW mag.

Briggs &... | Answered on Dec 12, 2013


go to B&S web site or peach tree.com with your engine number you can look up picture of the engine an fine where to adjust it

Briggs &... | Answered on Dec 12, 2013

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