Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/B&S Vanguard


I have a 16hp vanguard V-twin on a cub cadet rider. I just rebuilt the motor (rings/pistons, valve job and all gaskets) along with cleaning the carb. The motor wont start and is back-firing thru the carb. The valves are adjusted to spec and I can't find any intake leaks. Any suggestions??

Backfiring is very common with incorrect timing.

Were there marks on the crankshaft and camshaft for setting the timing?  Did you re-check the flywheel key?  I have had them shear when trying to start rebuilt engines.

Let me know about the marks on the crankshaft and camshaft.

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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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