Great Dane Dilema

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Bronco, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. Bronco

    Bronco LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    I've got a great dane chariot ztr with about 500 hrs. I brought it into the shop because is was losing compression and back firing. Shop told me engine was shot, had exhaust blow by, and needed to be replaced. Cost $2100.
    The machine has always been trouble. Is it worth replacing for $2100? Any cheaper fix instead of new engine?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated. :cry:
  2. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,100

    Take it to another shop. Losing compression can be from many things. Bad valves, bad rings, bad or stuck lifters (Kohler engine). A short block would be a lot cheaper. It sounds like you need to go to another shop ansd see what they say. Back firing sounds like valve problems. You could just have a sticking valve. Get the machine back and try running some SEA-FOAM though it first to try and unstick any valve you may have. I still thank you should get a second shop to look at it from what you are saying here it sounds like the engine can be saved for a lot less than $2100.
  3. Bronco

    Bronco LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    Thanks fixer67. I'll give that I try.

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