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Old 03-23-2011, 10:14 PM
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Kohler CH20S Poor performance (Kubota)

Kohler CH20S w/1bbl carb (in a Kubota GR2000) will not idle. Governor will adjust (choke out) periodically (about every 10 seconds or 15 seconds w/choke on). When this happens, engine chokes down to near stop but recovers, unless under load (blades engaged, hard turns). Some light black smoke when first starting and/or when I throttle up quickly. Engine/carburetor seems to have the most difficulty when at operating temperature and/or when under load. Runs/idles fine when cool (at startup) but has problems after about 5min of running. Runs/idles fine for longer period of time when at low idle. Seems to also have difficulty maintaining RPM when travelling up/down hills. I am not operating at high altitudes. Will run for longer at ˝ throttle, but still shuts down over time and/r under load (ie; mower blade). I would not describe the overall idle as “rough” but it is also not “smooth”. Automatic choke was not opening fully (possibly 20degree butterfly), so I added a spring to allow full (90degree butterfly) opening when choke lever is disengaged. Thoughts?

Some things already done;
Changed plugs
Checked spark and has nice blue fire
Adjusted the float levels (no cracks/holes)
Adjusted external governor spring (there is tension on governor rod, so it is engaging)
Good fuel flow up to carburetor (and bowls have fuel)
Slow speed jet O-Rings are good
Oil level is good
Removed fuel filter and air filter for testing during repair (still problems)
New gas w/carb cleaner additive
Ran w/out gas cap
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:03 PM
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Hello hukturn,


That was a very informative post you made there, But.... You failed to post the engine spec number. This number will show us exactly what components are used on your engine, I have a idea but need to verify before I go further.
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:09 PM
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so it ran fine and perfect without gas cap?
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Old 03-25-2011, 05:54 PM
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He "Ran w/out gas cap" thus verifying it's not a gas cap vent issue....
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Old 03-25-2011, 06:17 PM
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next time get the one that takes red or green fuel
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Old 03-25-2011, 06:36 PM
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does it have the smart spark box
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