Briggs & Stratton 141297 User Manual
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION AND
ENGINE SELECTION ENGINE INSTALLATION ENGINE OPERATION
Keep these instructions for future reference.
In the USA and Canada,
our 24 hour hotline is:
Briggs & Stratton Corporation
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201
Before installing and operating this engine read and observe all warnings, cautions and instructions on both sides of this sheet, on the engine,
and in the operating & maintenance instructions.
NOTE: This sheet of instructions and safety information is not meant to cover all possible conditions and situations that may occur. Read entire Operating & Maintenance Instructions for this engine AND the instructions for the equipment this engine powers. Failure to follow instructions and safety information could result in serious injury or death.
The safety alert symbol () is used to identify safety information about hazards that can result in personal injury.
A signal word (DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION) is used with the alert symbol to indicate the likelihood and the potential severity of injury. In addition, a hazard symbol may be used to represent the type of hazard.
DANGER indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,will result in death or serious injury.
WARNING indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,could result in death or serious injury.
CAUTION indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,might result in minor or moderate injury.
CAUTION, when usedwithout the alert symbol, indicates a situation thatcould result in damage to the engine.
HAZARD SYMBOLS AND MEANINGS
Failure to select the correct engine could result in fire or explosion.
•Some engines are unique and designed for specific applications or types of equipment. If this engine will be used to build new equipment, contact Briggs & Stratton to ensure that the engine is appropriate for the intended use.
Note: For all
•Replacement engines should be the same model as the original engine, or be the Briggs & Stratton designated replacement engine. Refer to the Operation & Maintenance Instructions for engine identification information.
Note: For all
•Do not use Briggs & Stratton engines on
Do not attempt to install this engine if you do not have the appropriate tools and knowledge of small engine installation procedures. Use only Briggs & Stratton parts. Contact your Authorized Service Dealer for assistance.
Do not modify the engine in any way without Briggs & Stratton factory approval. Any such modification is at the owner’s sole risk.
If the exhaust system on the old engine was supplied by the equipment manufacturer, you must transfer the exhaust system and related components (original muffler and related pipes, brackets, clamps, and shields) to the new engine. All components must be in good condition.
Install muffler (and muffler de-
flector if used) so outlet points
away from operator, fuel tank,
and equipment, and so muffler
heat will not damage or deform
engine and components.
Ensure all fuel lines and fittings
are properly assembled and do
not leak. Replacement parts
must be the same model as the
Ensure all wiring, including safe-
ty switches and engine
components are completely
installed and functioning proper-
Set engine speed to equipment manufacturer’s specification. Refer to equipment manufacturer’s manual. Do not tamper with governor springs, or other parts that will increase engine speed above specification.
All engine parts, including fuel cap, spark plug, muffler, air cleaner, and covers and guards for drive components (gears, belts, shafts, couplings, etc.) must be in place before attempting to start engine.
If engine is installed on walk behind lawn mower, all mower components, including cutting blade, must be correctly installed before attempting to start engine.
When working on the engine or equipment, remove spark plug wire from spark plug. For electric start, remove negative wire from battery.
Do not check for spark with spark plug removed. Use Briggs & Stratton spark tester #19368.
When adding fuel:
Turn engine off and let engine cool at least 2 minutes before removing gas cap.
Fill fuel tank outdoors or in
Keep gasoline away from sparks, open flames, pilot lights, heat, and other ignition sources.
When starting engine:
Remove all external equipment/engine loads.
Wait until spilled fuel is evaporated. Start engine outdoors. Pull cord slowly until resistance is felt, then pull rapidly.
If engine floods, set choke to OPEN/RUN, place throttle in FAST and crank until engine starts.
When operating equipment:
Do not tip engine or equipment at angle which causes gasoline to spill.
Run engine outdoors. Do not run in enclosed area, even if doors or windows are open.
Do not choke carburetor to stop engine.