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18 horse briggs

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by rgrimes945, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. rgrimes945

    rgrimes945 Senior Member
    Messages: 134

    ok guys,
    Need some help 18 horse briggs turns over 115 lbs compression ,no spark replaced the mag with newone and still no spark? cleaned the flywheel seems the magnets are strong. anyone else had this problem motor has been sitting for 3 years on a salt spreader but seems to be in good shape.Ideas anyone ??

    Thanks Ray Grimes
  2. ohioplowboy

    ohioplowboy Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    try unhooking the kill wire from the magneto, if it gets spark then you have a problem with
    either the kill switch or a short in the kill wire, if still no spark make sure the top of the two posts that the magneto bolts to are clean so it gets a good ground.
  3. rgrimes945

    rgrimes945 Senior Member
    Messages: 134

    Kill Wire

    the kill wire is not hooked up and the 2 screws holding the mag on have been files to get good contact (the mag is new)

    thanks Ray Grimes
  4. suzuki4life

    suzuki4life Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    this may sound dumb but did you put new plugs in it? check the wires?
  5. gordyo

    gordyo Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    Does the engine have a Low Engine Oil cut off switch?? Check that. Some are sensative enough that the oil has to be right to the tippy top of the full line. I have a leaf blower with a 16hp briggs that is like this.
  6. rgrimes945

    rgrimes945 Senior Member
    Messages: 134

    new plugs

    yes it has new plugs, but there is no spark comming from the Mag I can hold the end of the plug wire and get nothing. (as for plug wires, they come new on the mag)
  7. rgrimes945

    rgrimes945 Senior Member
    Messages: 134


    yes it is full of oil but all of that has little to do with the fact I'm not getting anything from the mag I have the motor on the bench and the mag should put out power all by it self. there is no oil shutoff on this motor.
  8. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,035

    I can fix it

    Put it in the closest dumpster and go buy a Honda. xysport
  9. rgrimes945

    rgrimes945 Senior Member
    Messages: 134

    Low Budget

    This is a low budget operation, I'm hoping for a couple of frozen events this year. I'm not in NY
  10. rgrimes945

    rgrimes945 Senior Member
    Messages: 134

    Still not running

    Comeon guy I know someone has had to of had this kind of problem
  11. ohioplowboy

    ohioplowboy Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    it sounds like a bad magneto but since its new i guess its not, double check the gap between the magneto and flywheel, it should be ten thousandths
  12. Measure The Resistance In The Mag When It Is Bolted To The Block. There Is A Wire That Runs Between The Two Coils Under The Shroud . Sometimes It Will Rub On The Block Ans Short It Out Even After You Poll The Stop Wire. It Also Has A Diode In It . Ive Had That Happen In A Toro Sand Pro Intermittently Drove Me Nuck N Futz!! Let Me Know How You Are Making Out!!!
  13. Yaz

    Yaz PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,061

    Ok there are only two real things happing...

    Amagnet is moving past a coil and the coil threw magnetic flux produces a voltage. Something is causing this not to happen..

    You replaced the coil
    You assured good grounding
    You removed all kill wires

    so whats left?

    Is that the output of the magnet in the flywheel strong enough to create a magnetic flux?
    Is the output of new coil shorting out on anything? Is a brand new coil?
    Are you sure all kill wires are disconnected?
  14. rgrimes945

    rgrimes945 Senior Member
    Messages: 134

    ok is fixed and running

    ok guys thanks for all the info.we had the mag on upside down and turned it over and had all kind of fire so needless to say it's running thanks for all the input. !!!

    Ray Grimes