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I need to know how to set the valves on a 17 hp Briggs engine.

A push rod broke on my 17 hp Briggs motor. I replaced the push rod. Now the motor does not have any compression and it blows a lot of air out of the carb. The engine is model 310707. The year is 98, type 0137-e1, code 011218ze. How do I reset the valves? What do the valves set on and how to go about setting them.

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To adjust the valves on the engine, remove the 4 screws in the valve cover and the valve cover. Remove the spark plug from the engine.

Put a clean small screwdriver into the spark plug opening so you can tell when the piston is at the top of the stroke.

Rotate the flywheel until the piston is at top dead center and neither valve has any pressure on them. The push rods will be loose in the rocker arm. If one push rod has pressure on it, rotate the engine again and when it comes back to the top of the stroke neither push rod should have any pressure.

Use a feeler gauge to measure the clearance between the end of the push rod and the rocker arm.

The clearance on the intake valve should be .003. - 005 inches. The clearance on the exhaust valve should be .005-.007 inches.

If adjustment is required, loosen the allen set screw in the center of the nut on the rocker arm and adjust the nut to obtain the proper clearance.

The intake push rod is aluminum, and the exhaust push rod is steel. This will help you determine which valve is which.

While you are turning the engine over with the spark plug removed, be sure both valves are opening and closing. Be sure the ignition module is near the magnet on the flywheel when the valves are both closed. You might have a valve sticking causing the push rod to bend or break.
by Manage My Life
April 20th, 2009
Randy or Alison MacFarlane
If the valve is sticking does it have to be replaced or can it be dislodged to promote proper travel?
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