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Old 09-04-2001, 11:07 PM
curlawngreen curlawngreen is offline
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Have you fixed it yet?
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Old 09-07-2001, 05:59 PM
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After having the same trouble earlier this week, I followed the throttle cable to the carb.

Sho-nuff, there was still 1/8 inch that the cable could be moved.
I pushed it the rest of the way by hand and now it starts every time on the first time.

Thanks for the tips everyone!
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Old 09-16-2001, 03:02 PM
curlawngreen curlawngreen is offline
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Casey What was the solution to your problem?
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Old 10-22-2001, 12:13 AM
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Originally posted by Robert Doubrava
make sure it is choking all the way. if it is, try some starting fluid.:blob3:
do not use starting fluid you will break a piston skirt if you use this method
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Old 10-22-2001, 05:58 PM
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Robert Doubrava Robert Doubrava is offline
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i did not know that! thanks for telling me.
My truck:

1970 Chevrolet C20

My equipment:

1984 22" Yazoo BigWheel 5hp B&S I/C
1993 38" Craftsman rider 12.5hp B&S I/C
2004 Craftsman 17" gas weed-wacker
2004 Craftsman gas blower
1982 Trim-All edger 2hp B&S
1990's Stihl 009L, 14" bar
1964 McCulloch 250, 20" bar

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Old 10-26-2001, 02:33 PM
Scott182 Scott182 is offline
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cold starting tips

All Kawasaki engines are designed to start in cold weather. While an engine may not start as easily in 10 degree weather as it does in 70 degree weather, you should not have problems.

Here is what we do:
Check RPM during cranking. Should be around 400.

Make sure choke plate is COMPLETELY closed EACH time to work the choke control. This is the most common, even if people claim to have checked it.

Make sure valve clearance is correct. If the 15hp is FH451V, both valves should be .003 to .005 inch.

Make sure fuel is fresh and the proper type. Summer and winter fuels have different evaporation points.

Check parasitic load. If hydros etc are dragging too much due to defect or thick oil, it may prevent the engine from spinning fast enough to start easy.

Good luck!
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Old 10-26-2001, 06:19 PM
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It was a choke problem.
Choke was not engaging or disingaging properly which means as well as hard cold starts I have been running about 200 rpm less than max.
ATTN. ISLAND LAWN I was doing the exact same thing you were & probably would have kept on with your fix. When I installed a Tiny Tach I realized I was down on RPM's because not only was the choke not engaging properly it was also not disingaging. Take off your air filter & check if your choke is fully open on full throttle.
Thanks for the replies.
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