Briggs and Stratton Engines Squeal

If you happen to start mowing your lawn and you notice that your Briggs and Stratton engine starts making a horrible squealing noise, STOP YOUR ENGINE AT ONCE! Damage will occur to the starter pulley and spring.

What has happened is dirt has gotten up in the starter clutch, making it stick to the crankshaft. The starter clutch must be replaced. To replace the starter clutch, follow theses instructions.

1. Purchase Briggs and Stratton P/N 19244 Starter Clutch wrench. You have to have this tool in order to remove a starter clutch. Using channel lock pliers will not do the job. You will ruin the clutch or the pliers before you get the clutch off the crankshaft. You will also need a strap wrench Tecumseh P/N 670305 to hold the flywheel. While you are at it, you will need a Starter Clutch P/N 399671.

2. Remove the shroud(s) and finger guard on starter clutch. Place starter clutch wrench on clutch and put strap wrench around flywheel. Put a 7/8″ socket and ratchet on wrench and remove the clutch.

3. Clean up crankshaft stem with emory cloth. If you do not do this, then you are going to have the same problem with the new clutch. Clean the crank until it has a mirror like finish. DO NOT LUBRICATE THE STUB. DOING SO WILL CAUSE THE PROBLEM TO REOCCUR.

4. Now install the new clutch, finger guard and shroud.

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2 responses to “Engine Squeals”

  1. Adam brody says:

    You SOB you literally saved my ass thank you sir, I will always remember the ma who saved my f-ing ass!

  2. Hi I have recently purchased a Merry Tiller with a 3 hp Briggs and Stratton is the model where the fuel tank hangs over the front
    Of the engine and the fuel is gravity fed into the carburettor.Please can you help ? I am having starting problems and running problems.
    There is a drip of fuel coming from a small hole under the carb. Also when I use the pull cord to start it there is a small spray of fuel coming
    From the same hole ?
    Please can you advise me on how to fix this problem.
    It would be most appreciated.
    Thank you.

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