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fh601v head issue?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by bruno_rs, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. bruno_rs

    bruno_rs LawnSite Member
    Posts: 195

    hey all, i've got an older bobcat 52" with a kawi fh601v 19hp. today the mower started running funny... very little power w/blades on. almost felt like it was running on 1 cylinder. i've noticed oil/dirt residue on both cylinders (around the valve covers) and was gonna order valve cover gaskets.

    my question is, what would/could cause a loss of power? i noticed smoke coming from the cylinder cover... bad head and/or gasket? the machines hour meter stopped working and i figure she probably has approximately 1500 hours on it.

    hoping you experts may be able to point me in the right direction. hope all is well. have a good one.
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,023

    A few things could be causing your loss of power, But since your going to replace the leaking valve cover gaskets check/adjust the valves while you have the covers off. Least that could be eliminated as a possible cause of power loss.

  3. bruno_rs

    bruno_rs LawnSite Member
    Posts: 195

    hey resto, thanks for the reply. i'll get back once i get it apart and the covers off. have a good one.

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