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Old 04-03-2013, 05:20 PM
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Posts: 4,236 2 headgasket kits and 2 reed valves...
You cant get to the reeds without pulling the heads anyway..
I replaced a ton of headgaskets on engines with less than 50 hours..
If you had run your mower like everybody else...300 to 500 hours a year...It would have failed in the warranty period.
Just for kicks...Call Kohler and explain the low hours and heavy oil usage...
Ive seen them split the difference on these types of failures many times...
They warranty the pay or supply the labor...Its worth a shot...
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by irishcreek95 View Post
This mower was bought in 2010 and is out of warranty. I am not in hurry to tear it apart but the adding oil (pint plus) after mowing 2-3 hours on a mower with only 150 hours is a little frustrating. Looking for the obvious things first. I am also having a small oil leak on the right side valve cover. With so few hours and regular oil changes I find it hard to believe it is something worn out.
Well that clears things up a bit. They had a mountain of problems when that engine first came out. They did make some changes to the gskt which helped a lot but did not cure it. They might be receptive to a well rehearsed
request. It couldn't hurt. You work with a good dealer? New gskts with the ring around the combustion chamber are a major improvement.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by irishcreek95 View Post
I have a scag tiger cat with a 27 hp kohler command 27 hp motor with 150 hours on it. It has started using oil. You notice blue smoke on start up but not any other time. I have checked the oil separator and the hose from it. Hose is clean and separator looks clean and you can blow air thru it. Compression is good, any ideas?
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:10 PM
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Well there you go. You didn't even have to call them.
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