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15 Kohler evil starting beast!

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Shady Brook, Nov 17, 2002.

  1. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,465

    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.
     
  2. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    I would say that I have to pull harder to overcome the resistance when she is acting up.

    Thanks
    Jay
     
  3. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,465

    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.
     
  4. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    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???:p
     
  5. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,465

    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?
     
  6. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,847

    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.
     
  7. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,465

    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.
     
  8. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    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.

    Take care
    Jay
     
  9. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,465

    your welcome Jay. i look forward in seeing what the real problem is.
    kenny
     
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    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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