Hustler Fastrak smoking after 96 hours!!!

Discussion in 'Hustler Turf Equip (Archived)' started by WC46, Oct 30, 2004.

  1. WC46

    WC46 LawnSite Member
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    I have the Hustler Fastrak with the 20 HP Honda engine. It now has 96 hours on it. I have taken good care of the mower and changed the oil and filter every 25 hours. The warranty on the engine expired in July. I used the mower today and the engine started loosing power and smoking. Is this a common problem with the Honda. I thought I was buying quality by going with the Honda engine.
     
  2. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Posts: 9,761

    Have you contacted your dealer? this could be something fairly simple.
    It is not common for any engine to start smoking at 96 hours.
    Please tell your dealer what is going on.

    Pj
     
  3. jneedham

    jneedham LawnSite Member
    from 66118
    Posts: 27

    Smoking is a symptom that can be brought on by several factors.

    1st: please inspect your air cleaner element for contamination.

    2nd: check your oil level and verify it is not overfull.

    3rd: as JP suggests contact your dealer or an Authorized Honda Engine Dealer for further assistance.

    I will discuss your situation with a service representative at Power Equipment Company, the Honda Engine distributor in Chicago. I will identify you as WC46 from Johnson City, Il.

    Jim Needham
    Kansas City Power Products, Inc
    Honda Engine Distributor-Kansas and Missouri
     
  4. WC46

    WC46 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    Jim, Thanks for your reply. I just read your post, been on vacation. Any word from Honda on my problem. If you can email me I will give you more details on what the motor is doing. Thanks for the help in advance.
     
  5. WC46

    WC46 LawnSite Member
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    Found my problem. The nut that holds the rocker arm on has backed off thus causing the rocker arm to slip off. I tightened the nut and the mower runs fine but I need to know what the valve clearance should be for proper tightening.
     
  6. jneedham

    jneedham LawnSite Member
    from 66118
    Posts: 27

    I'm glad you found a fairly simple problem to correct. Please inspect the rocker arm for any cracking or other damage, otherwise:

    The intake lash is: .006 inch
    The exhaust lash is: .008 inch

    Thanks

    Jim Needham
    Kansas City Power Products
     
  7. WC46

    WC46 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    Thanks for the help. :drinkup:
     

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