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Old 07-02-2010, 11:02 PM   post #1 of 6
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Default Locating oil filter on Briggs & Stratton 18.5 HP engine

Hi All,

I've got a Murray garden tractor with a Briggs & Stratton model 42A707 type 2653-E1 engine. I can see from the parts list (on page 18) that there are two possible oil filters. A 2 & 1/4 inch filter, and a 3 & 1/4 inch filter. The type I have would depend on whether it's before or after the "date code" 95060500. I don't know if my engine is before or after that date code, so I figured the simplest thing to do would be to go and measure the filter that's on it.

Well, I'm embarrassed to say I can't figure out where the filter is. I took a bunch of pictures, and I even took off the sheet metal housing on both sides of the mower to see if they hid it behind one of those. Not only did I not find it, I managed to break a bolt head off when reattaching the sheet metal. Lovely! I was not torquing it that much... but it was still too much I guess. I'll have to figure out how to fish that broken off piece of the bolt out. I don't have any tools for that at the moment.

Can someone help clue me in here? There's just not that much engine... where could the filter be hiding? Take a look at the pictures and let me know where it is that I should be looking...
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Old 07-02-2010, 11:12 PM   post #2 of 6
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Default Re: Locating oil filter on Briggs & Stratton 18.5 HP engine

An opposed twin briggs. None of these to my knowledge has an oil filter.
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Old 07-02-2010, 11:17 PM   post #3 of 6
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An opposed twin briggs. None of these to my knowledge has an oil filter.
Ok, so I'm not just blind, eh?

I looked over the manual again, and I noticed it says you should change the oil filter "if equipped." I just looked through the parts list (not the manual) to get the part number for the oil filter, assuming that an engine of this size would have an oil filter. My mistake...

So you just change the oil and that's it? Do you have to change it more frequently since there's no filter?

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Old 07-02-2010, 11:26 PM   post #4 of 6
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Ok, so I'm not just blind, eh?

I looked over the manual again, and I noticed it says you should change the oil filter "if equipped." I just looked through the parts list (not the manual) to get the part number for the oil filter, assuming that an engine of this size would have an oil filter. My mistake...

So you just change the oil and that's it? Do you have to change it more frequently since there's no filter?

-Josh

that depends on how much you use it ...i change mine at the beginning of every season and put Lucas oil additive in with oil
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Old 07-03-2010, 07:55 AM   post #5 of 6
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first thing i would do is to reroute the gas line so it doesnt touch the cylinder! That cant be a good thing...
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Old 07-03-2010, 09:03 AM   post #6 of 6
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"An opposed twin briggs. None of these to my knowledge has an oil filter."

While not common, lots of them had filters.

You engine code number is right after the type number which you posted.

IF you can not see it, it does not have a filter. Change oil per B&S's advice which is probably 25 hours though I did not look it up. More often under severe circumstances, heavy load, hot, dusty.

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