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Troy bilt 5550 generator no start please help
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.
on Oct 01, 2016
What is the fuel capacity of the Briggs and
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
on Jul 06, 2014
Puch rod come off roker arm
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.
on Jun 08, 2014
What is the correct gap between the magneto core and flywheel and is there a timing procedure?
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
on Jun 04, 2014
Gas in crankcase
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.
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.
on Dec 24, 2013
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