17 hp Kawi Backfire

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by paulwade1, Apr 21, 2003.

  1. paulwade1

    paulwade1 LawnSite Member
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    I have a Great Dane 17hp 48" ZTR. When I cut it off, I get one hell of a backfire pop. I only have 5 hrs on this new machine. Any suggestions? It does this no matter where the throttle is when the key is turned off. I can put it on choke and turn it off and it does it, and I can throttle all the way down and it does it when I turn it off........
     
  2. IBGreen

    IBGreen LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've got an 18 hp Kawi and it'll backfire REALLY loud when you shut it off at full throttle. My employee has done that not me.
     
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    Let it sit idleing for a minute or two before you shut it off.
     
  4. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
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    I too go with the letting the machine idle for a 1-2 minutes and this really cuts down on the backfiring.


    Gravely_Man
     
  5. IndyPropertyCare

    IndyPropertyCare LawnSite Member
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    Ditto...idle for a minute or 2 :sleeping: and no " Bang" !!!
     
  6. jaredslawncare

    jaredslawncare LawnSite Member
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    Does it have a low throttle shut off valve or high throttle shut off?
    Maybe you need hotter plugs. In my 21 hp kaw. on my exmark that kept backfiring I needed to let it cool for a minute or 2 then take it to half throttle and it never backfired from then on.
     
  7. fatboy5803

    fatboy5803 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Let it Idle for a couple minutes, that should help...


    Lou :cool:
     
  8. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I also have the 17hp KAWI on my new TTHP and if I don't let it idle for about 30 secs to 1 min. it will backfire. My 18hp KOHLER is the opposite.
     

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