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Old 11-19-2002, 01:18 AM
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just to make sure - when its acting up can you pull the rope steady and slow and it will crank over with resistance? if so then i believe you have a deeper problem than a flywheel key. if not then it may be a flywheel key. i better sleep on it. post back with some more info.
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Old 11-19-2002, 07:03 AM
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I would say that I have to pull harder to overcome the resistance when she is acting up.

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Old 11-19-2002, 08:42 AM
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pull harder or pull faster to overcome the resistance? to eliminate the flywheel key as the problem - when it's acting up pull the plug wire off the plug then start pulling. if there is no difference then it's not the key.
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Old 11-19-2002, 08:31 PM
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Harder, not faster to turn her over. Faster would likely mean more damage to my person. It pulls easy without the plug wire, or at least it did when I tried it.

Jay

Could this be a good excuse for a new hydro???
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Old 11-19-2002, 10:19 PM
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well i wish i were there looking at it. have you tried pulling the plug wire off the plug when it's having it's fits? does it then pull easier?
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Old 11-19-2002, 10:25 PM
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could it just be compression built up? I know that my old 12 koh used to be a bear to pull every 2 or 3 pulls.
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Old 11-19-2002, 10:35 PM
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no,compression is compression, unless your trying to compress a liquid (that's one thing we thought it might be). also you said it pulls fine sometimes. there is no compression build up other than the compression stroke. at the first sign of the hard pulls remove the plug wire only and see how it pulls. then post your findings.

i remember 20 years ago i worked on a techumseh that had 2 counter balance weights and gears that broke and locked up the engine. i don't know if your engine has that but that is absolutly the last thing to be checking. try all the other things we all suggested first.
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Old 11-19-2002, 10:45 PM
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khouse

I sure appreciate all your time and thoughfulness. I will do as you suggest when the machine acts up. I will likely not be using it much before winter, but I will let you know as soon as I can provide further info.

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Old 11-19-2002, 10:49 PM
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your welcome Jay. i look forward in seeing what the real problem is.
kenny
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Old 11-20-2002, 03:29 AM
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Use a synthetic oil such as Mobil 1 10w30 in the engine. Kohler single cylinder engines can be a beast to pull start in the cold weather. Been there, fixed that.
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