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Briggs and Stratton 500EX problem

Posted by rkpatt (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 19, 13 at 8:32

I am experiencing a similar problem with a Troy Built mower with the Briggs and Straton 500ex engine (new model all black plastic carb) used one season on a small yard ( 2-3 hrs running time) since new in 2012. I drained the old gas from last season then refilled with a fresh fuel. It would one start with litter squirt of gas in the intake then the engine dies. I removed the carburetor float bowl, removed float assembly, cleaned needle and seat, blew out main jet,sprayed carb cleaner in all carb orifices, The mower now starts but misses badly . Spark plug looks new but seemed to be wet and of course a new spark plus did nothing. I am not sure what to do next (fuel problem ? ignition problem ?) I would appreciate some advice . -Thanks


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RE: Briggs and Stratton 500EX problem

This is not one that I have worked on, but you are likely dealing w/ a carb issue or possibly a sticking valve due to old fuel deposits. Small OHV/ OHC engines are prone to this due to light valve springs. Certain plastic body carbs of past are better replaced than serviced. Could you post the model and type number?


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RE: Briggs and Stratton 500EX problem

The engine model is 550EX on a Troy-Built gas push mower purchased at Lowes.

The number on the engine is - 9P702-0005-F1 , date of mfg 1-20-12

I would also like to find a parts diagram . Any links for diagrams for this engine are very much appreciated.

-Thanks


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RE: Briggs and Stratton 500EX problem

You can download the IPL & OM's from the Briggs website-

use- 09P702-0005-F1


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RE: Briggs and Stratton 500EX problem

Well, 590589 is the kit # for 10$ For a mere 70$, you can get a carb . Yikes! My distributor doesn't stock the kits, just the carburetors. Hmmm...


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RE: Briggs and Stratton 500EX problem

Thanks for infomation

I thinke the prblem might be a clogged emulsion tube even though I could spray carb cleaner and blow air though ir from the bouwl side.

I am going to take apart the carb again and attempt and remove the emulsion tube again . I was concerned about breaking before but I thing that is need to come out.

Not surprised about the kit .-

"Well, 590589 is the kit # for 10$ For a mere 70$, you can get a carb . Yikes! My distributor doesn't stock the kits, just the carburetors. Hmmm..."


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RE: Briggs and Stratton 500EX problem

Thanks for information

I thinke the prblem might be a clogged emulsion tube even though I could spray carb cleaner and blow air though ir from the bouwl side.

I am going to take apart the carb again and attempt and remove the emulsion tube again . I was concerned about breaking before but I thing that is need to come out.

Not surprised about the kit .-

"Well, 590589 is the kit # for 10$ For a mere 70$, you can get a carb . Yikes! My distributor doesn't stock the kits, just the carburetors. Hmmm..."


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RE: Briggs and Stratton 500EX problem

Sounds like a good way to go. Hopefully it is serviceable as it looks to be what is highlighted. Though it doesn't show the tube or orings available for the tube. Makes sense to include a choke spring w/ the kit and no tube parts. :( Does the tube extend into the venturi where you push it down from above or is it beefy enough on the bottom to pull out? I don't see other info on this besides the IPL. Is the tube metal or plastic btw? Do you get a nice stream of fuel through the inlet? It wouldn't be uncommon to have the inlet restricted from sitting w/ the ethanol in the fuel. Seems to be a good year for them already.


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RE: Briggs and Stratton 500EX problem

I gave the emulsion tube assembly at hard tug with pliers and it popped out (glad it did not break off). I cleaned the tube and passage with carb cleaner blew everyinging out with air. I oiled the o-rings and put it all back together . It started and runs fine and I will know what to do when it happens again .

FWIW- After seeing the design of the emulsion tube ( right angle turns and horizonal runs vs a straight tube like the old one, I can see why other people have reported problems like what I experienced and expect the clogging problem to reoccur freqeuntly . This is not good .

Thanks for the help.


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RE: Briggs and Stratton 500EX problem

Hey! I have this exact same problem. Left this mower with gas in it over the winter. It wouldn't start. I took apart the carb and cleaned it and it starts, but runs really rough like it's missing. It's also strong smelling of gas and plug is wet. I did replace the plug and was about to order the kit 590589. Which is when I found this post.

When you're talking about the emulsion tube, are you talking about part 592803 (592792 for this engine type)? They call it the main jet in the illustrated diagram. It's white and right in the middle of the carb? I thought about popping that out of there too, but it didn't seem to want to budge so I left it alone. But if that's what fixed it for you and I don't have to spend $10 for some seals, I'm willing to try.


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RE: Briggs and Stratton 500EX problem

bjobie - Yes that is it. Keep the carb cleaner off the
o-ings and teflon float coated needle tip as it deteriorates rubber .Put a few drops oil on all of the o-rings before you reassemble the carburetor.

"When you're talking about the emulsion tube, are you talking about part 592803 (592792 for this engine type)? They call it the main jet in the illustrated diagram. It's white and right in the middle of the carb? I thought about popping that out of there too, but it didn't seem to want to budge so I left it alone. But if that's what fixed it for you and I don't have to spend $10 for some seals, I'm willing to try."

This post was edited by rkpatt on Wed, May 8, 13 at 14:23


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