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Old 02-09-2014, 12:18 PM
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I had this happen on my Hustler mower. The needle and seat in the carb is
letting too much fuel come into the carb when it is not needed. You can buy a rebuild kit or for a little more purchase a new carb. Lots of these carbs are for sale on ebay.
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Old 02-09-2014, 12:55 PM
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My experiences with stuck needles lead to overfilling the oil and hydro locking the cylinder. I've never had one stick open and the engine still start and if it happened while it was running it stalled out.
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Old 02-09-2014, 01:06 PM
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All in all it's really been a good experience. I realize I spent a lot of unnecessary effort taking off the cylinder head...but now, having cleaned the carburetor, inside and out, discovering that one of the valves was stuck, I have a good feeling about it all. I think in retrospect, the more one knows about one's lawnmower the better off one is...and I guess most of you guys know your lawnmowers like I know lawn sprinklers...I really appreciate your expertise. Next time before I even lift a wrench...I'll ask.
Thanks...I'll update this when the engine starts....
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Old 02-10-2014, 10:24 AM
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I think alot of our small engine problems can be cured with paying attention to two areas: quality fuel and proper maintenance. I work close to a lake so I have a couple gas stations that I can purchase non-ethanol fuel. Yes I do think the extra price justifies using this fuel esp in small engines. If a piece of equipment wont be used for a while I turn off the fuel supply and run the gas out of the carb. I do remove the fuel bowl on engines sometimes just to see what is in there. When my Hustler was spitting gas out the exhaust I found small gravels in the fuel bowl. I do use Seaform periodically in the gas tank also.
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:06 PM
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You mean like the time I replaced the back axle on my Ford LTD ...all by myself...sat down by the tree, patted my self on the shoulder...looked over and saw both springs sitting by the tree? Yeah...
That reminds me of me. Sounds like something i would do. LOL
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:51 AM
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Okay, I have acquired a gasket for the cylinder head. The only question I have about that is...is it necessary to put a sealant on the gasket? I would think so...but in viewing a YouTube video they just put the gasket right on there with no sealant...sounds hokey to me..but I thought I would ask the guys that actually know...because...well...I trust you guys.
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:57 AM
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The only head gaskets that get a sealant are the 100% metal type (rare on small engines). The standard composite types do not.
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:57 PM
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Thank you very much!|
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:09 AM
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is it necessary to put a sealant on the gasket?

Did you not go to Kohler's site and download the manual ???

If you haven't you BEST do so......
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:34 AM
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Yes...I did. It says nothing about applying a sealant... However; it does say - NOTE: When installing cylinder heads, new screws should always be used. - I'm guessing that because putting the right amount of torque on old screws might cause them to break off.
When they say 'screws' they are talking about what I would call 'bolts'...correct?
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