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How to Replace a Coil on a Briggs Engine

By William Kinsey
Briggs & Stratton engines are used in all sorts of small engine applications.
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Briggs & Stratton has been successfully building small engines since 1908. Lawn equipment such as tillers, push lawnmowers, riding lawn mowers, and weed eaters have used Briggs & Stratton engines as their primary means of power. Briggs engines provide a lot of power in a small package. Even though these engines vary in size, their basic construction and design is still the same.

Remove the spark plug.

Remove the three or four screws that hold the top flywheel cover housing in place and remove the housing.

Use your feeler gauge to determine the air gap between the flywheel and the existing coil. Record this measurement. It is a good idea to check the Briggs & Stratton repair manual to verify the proper setting of this gap.

Unscrew the bolts that hold the coil in place and remove it. Place the new coil in position and tighten the bolts finger tight.

Turn the flywheel until the magnets on the flywheel are in front of the new coil. Place the correct size feeler gauge between the flywheel magnets and coil. Squeeze the feeler gauge between the coil magnets and the coil.

Tighten the coil screws using your socket wrench and remove the feeler gauge. Rotate the flywheel one complete revolution to verify that the coil and flywheel do not make physical contact with each other.

Replace and tighten the flywheel cover housing. Replace the spark plug and reconnect the spark plug wire. Start the engine.


Things You Will Need

  • Socket wrench set
  • Feeler gauge set

About the Author


William Kinsey lives in Concord, N.C. He started writing articles in March 2009, which have appeared on Autos.com and CarsDirect.com. He currently holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He also has several years experience as an outside plant engineer and planner with AT&T. He also currently owns and operates Sophisticated Curves, an online fashion mall that caters to the needs of plus size women.