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Old 08-26-2011, 09:40 PM
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27HP Kawasaki died suddenly while mowing

I'm out in a field that is part of a cemetery just mowing away with my JD Ztrak 830 w/27hp Kawa and suddenly the engine just drops to an extremely low idle. I kill the blades and the engine is still just barely idling. Try moving the sticks forward hoping I can just get it back to the trailer, but no way. It dies. Getting a real sinking feeling and just hoping it's nothing too bad. Try to start it, and it does start, barely! Try getting it to move again, and it dies. NO! I just know this isn't going to be fun.

I noticed that the throttle doesn't feel right, so I start checking the connections and everything looks pretty good, so start looking at everything just hoping I find something simple. Ah ha!! I noticed that the governor spring has broken at the bottom so I whip out the old Leatherman and put a turn in the bottom and reconnect it to the governor lever at the bottom of the motor. Holding my breath I give her a try. Starts right up and is running good; maybe just a tad fast, but still good. Whew!!! Dodged a bullet on this one!!

The dealer has to order the spring, but it will be in tomorrow so I won't miss any mowing. Engine has approx 535 hrs on it and other than this problem is running good on Mobil 1.
Rick R.

2009 Nissan Titan pullling a 18 ft PJ Trailer
2011 Kubota ZD326S (60") - 26HP Kubota Diesel
2010 Bob-Cat FastCat Pro 48" w/Accelerator (20HP Kawa)
Non-commercial 21" walk-behind
Blowers (Stihl BG85/Husqvarna 170BT)
Trimmers (Stihl KM110 & FS90, Kawa Multi-Tool)
Chainsaws (Stihl MS180 & MS362 w/20 & 24" bars)
& misc hand tools & equipment
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