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Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Snapper rear engine M/n m280917b


QUESTION: Hard to start then it runs at high rpm.

ANSWER: Did the problem happen suddenly or has the mower sat a while?

When was the last time the carburetor was rebuilt?

Have you removed the carburetor and inspected the carburetor and the linkages?

Let me know.

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QUESTION: The problem happened suddenly.  Never rebuilt.  I have removed carb & cleaned. Linkage seems fine.

Read the information at the URL below:

You should never have to do a static adjust but the governor arm may have come loose.

Google Briggs and Stratton static governor adjust and watch some videos.

BE CAREFULL!! if the engine over speeds you could break the connecting rod or valves.

These engines are not known for breaking governor gears but it can happen.

Let me know if the information in the article helps.


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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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