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Kohler and Jacobsen Greens King Engines - When To Repower

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Posted by jessie cheung on April 9, 2009, 9:16 am

Greens grooming equipment is expensive enough that you'd rather repair
than replace - but when one of your mowers or rakes starts sputtering
a bit on the start, or dies out halfway through the job, it's tempting
to decide that it's time to go shopping. Before you decide to scrap
your old equipment, go through these diagnostic tests. If the machine
is still working, but the motor is dying, the best answer may be a new
engine, definitely not a new mower.
First, keep in mind that a problem with one part of an engine could
well show up as a symptom elsewhere. What looks like a governor
problem often turns out to be a balky carburetor. Take the diagnostics
step by step all the way through, then evaluate whether the engine is
worth the trouble to repair it, or whether it makes more sense to buy
a repower kit and drop in a new, more powerful motor.
Problem: Engine will not start. You can usually divide 'won't start'
problems into two causes: fuel or ignition.
1) Make sure the fuel is fresh, and the oil/gas mix is right. As basic
as that sounds, bad gas is one of the most common causes of engine
failure. 2) Make sure that there's a spark. Remove a spark plug and
ground the hex to bare metal on the motor, then spin the engine. You
should see a blue spark jump the gap. If the spark is weak, or there
is no spark, try the same thing with a new spark plug. If you still
get no spark on an older machine, clean and set the points. On a newer
machine, the electronic ignition may need to be replaced....


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