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Old 08-14-2014, 10:55 AM
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54" lesco (cub cadet) with v-twin kawasaki hard to start

My 54" lesco with v-twin ohv kawasaki engine (2x hp?) has gotten harder & harder to start. Last year it began not starting hot. It would usually start cold, but once got hot if you shut off would NOT start until cool. Once running will run ALL day with no missing, surging or anything. Occasionally when it starts it will throw a big burst of white smoke (very occasionally). Doesn't use any oil or seem to run rich when running.
THis season I have not been able to get it started. Turns over fine but no start. Will try to fire up a few times but only a second or 2. I've pulled plugs & checked for spark, both have visible spark. Drained carb bowl, clean gas. Fuel supply is good to carb.
What should I do next?
I've been told to change the coils, but they don't break down & miss fire when hot. Don't want to spend the $100 if not necessary.
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:09 PM
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Check to see the carb choke butterfly is closing FULLY when applied, Check the spark plug cable ends (inside boots) for rust/corrosion. Yes they can be rusty and show spark across a spark plug but cause a voltage drop and hard starting.

You can replace the cable ends with some from any auto parts store if you cut the old ones off as close as possible.....
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:07 AM
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Choke is closing fully. No corrosion in boots. Got it to run last night after a lot of cranking. Ran it 5 minutes shut it off. Would NOT start back up
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Old 08-15-2014, 01:26 PM
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Drained carb bowl

You may need to go deeper into the carb (clean/rebuild), Perform a leakdown/compression test and check valve clearences as well.

Without engine model and spec numbers, Can't go any further.....
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Old 08-27-2014, 02:47 PM
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I took the carb off and cleaned it. I found no alarming debris in the carb, nothing seemed to be plugged. It has gotten slightly easier to start.(backfires through carb while cranking) Will start cold in the morning, still won't restart if I shut it off through out the day. Starts best if I start it & run it every day. I let it sit 4 or 5 days & it took a lot more cranking. Always seems to start better with jumper cables attached.
I've also noticed it does backfire a when I engage the blades.
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