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Briggs Power Bilt Head Gasket:

Posted by bushleague MA (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 2, 14 at 7:28

A buddy brought over his Briggs Power Bilt OHV powered Craftsman snowthrower due to not starting.

A quick pull of the starter rope told me that there was little compression, and I could hear a leak near the cylinder head. I removed the head, and the gasket was literally burned through in two places.

I ran the numbers (12S432 0036-F8) and found an IPL on the B&S site, OEM head gasket is 698210. I had a 791716 in the B&S box, the fit is exact, including the bore. The surface of the gasket is raised, should this face the head?

As far as burning through gaskets, I suspect a lean condition, as I didn't see a mouse house or other debris.

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RE: Briggs Power Bilt Head Gasket:

The gasket you have is for the 15" engines, not the 12". I think you are missing a hole in that gasket as well.

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