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Mi-D-Fine Yard Service
03-15-2007, 12:28 PM
I have a Great Dane Super Surfer with the 17 hp Kawasaki FH500V Motor runs strong, but is difficult to start. I replaced the starter, starter solenoid, and battery cables. I do need a new battery, so I have jump started it from my truck battery before. What else can I do to get me up and running a gain?

03-15-2007, 01:20 PM
Do you mean difficult to start when? Cold ,Hot,all the time etc. need more info?

Mi-D-Fine Yard Service
03-15-2007, 03:50 PM
Difficult to start all the time. It may turn once or twice. Sometimes I will get it started with starting fluid.

03-15-2007, 04:38 PM
Pull the air horn cover and air filter,engage the choke lever and observe that the choke butterfly is fully closed.


Mi-D-Fine Yard Service
03-15-2007, 05:08 PM
Choke actuates fine. I have noticed the starter will spin, but once it ingages to the flywheel the motor drags bad.

03-15-2007, 05:24 PM
Sounds like a serious motor problem. Have a knowledgeable mechanic pull the head off and inspect it.

03-15-2007, 05:31 PM
Try replaceing the battery since you obviously already have diagnosed it is weak. Once you replace battery if you still have hard start trouble then I would suggest you adjust valves per specs. If valves are out of adjustment then your compression release will not function properly. I believe I have read here that Kaw reccomends valve adjustment frequently.Maybe this will help.

03-15-2007, 05:34 PM
As far as engine dragging when starter engages you can remove spark plugs and spin it over. If it spins freely then I would check valve adjustment.

03-15-2007, 11:13 PM
Sounds like FIXDISS is onto something here.

Here is the adjustment procedure if needed;


03-16-2007, 02:20 AM
Sounds like the battery and/or starter has issues. A slow cranking engine is a hard starting engine.

Mi-D-Fine Yard Service
03-20-2007, 10:08 PM
I have removed the spark plugs and the engine turns easily. I will give the valve adustment route a try. I greatly thank everybody for their input.

Mi-D-Fine Yard Service
03-26-2007, 02:26 PM
Ok, I removed the valve covers and found the valve stem seals on two of the stems were bad. Parts are on order. I was wondering if this could be the problem or part of the problem. If not what else could I look at or try?