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Rod cap bolts and washers

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Chris727
Hi. I am working on a Briggs 23D. I am installing a new piston and rod. The new rod has thick, flat washers underneath the heads of the bolts. They are not lockwashers and there is a retaining plate. Most of the engines I have with retaining plates for the bolts do not have washers on the bolts. The briggs manual briefly mentions throwing away the "assembly washers." I would figure that these are merely assembly washers to be thrown away but this engine did have the washers in it previously in addition to the retaining plate. This engine had previously been rebuilt, Did someone mess up by leaving the washers in? Should I use them or not? Thanks in advance. Chris

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HubbardRA
Chris, If it has the locking plate with the bend up corners to prevent the bolts from loostening, then it is your choice whether to use them or not. Won't make any significant difference as long as the bolts are torqued properly.

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