How to Clean a Carburetor of a Briggs & Stratton 500 Series Engine

by Martin Adamovic

The carburetor on the Briggs and Stratton 500 series needs to be cleaned occasionally. You must clean the carburetor on the 500 series, like on any engine, in a certain way so you don't harm the cleaner or the carburetor.

Disassemble the carburetor completely. Remove all rubber and plastic parts. This includes the choke valves and pickup tubes.

Soak metal parts in a carburetor cleaner. Soak all metal parts for one hour in carburetor cleaner, which you can get at your local automotive store.

Remove the cleaner from the carburetor. Wash the carburetor cleaner off of the carburetor with with kerosene. Allow the carburetor to dry before putting it back together.


  • close Carburetor cleaners are strong chemicals capable of dissolving paint, rust and human skin. Avoid breathing the fumes and protect your hands by wearing rubber gloves.

About the Author

Writing in both Spanish and English, Martin Adamovic has been covering psychology, marketing, lifestyle and sports since 2009. She has served as a sports journalist for a variety of mobile sports applications in Europe, including General Mobile and Bravo Game Studios. Adamovic holds a B.A. in Spanish and business from the University of Colorado and is currently studying law.

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