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Had to open up a "new to me" 16HP Briggs to change the coil. Found this:


This is a replacement 1992 engine in a 3416; I'm thinking the head didn't get torqued down correctly when the bracket that holds the solenoid and SG adjustment arm was transferred to the new engine. I'm thinking a leaking head gasket. Am I correct? After replacing the coil, the engine seems to run strong, no smoke at all.


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Bill, work it hard and watch oil consumption. Short of leak down test, anything over 85-90 lb psi cold cranking compression should be ok. That's my next project, building leak down tester as it's just like a voltmeter in its own right, it tells you more.

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