Hustler Z is blowing oil from under the Recoil area. PLEASE HELP!!!!

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by bmyownboss2005, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. bmyownboss2005

    bmyownboss2005 LawnSite Member
    from Saxe VA
    Posts: 30

    :cry: I was mowing with my Hustler Z and I heard a pop. I stopped the machine and noticed the oil dip stick pop out. At the time it had a good oil level but when I was finish cutting I checked it and she was bone dry. I put oil back in her and fired it up and thats when I noticed oil spewing from the recoil area. Has anyone had this problem or know what it might be? I am hoping it is something as simple as a seal went bad. Any suggestions or advice will be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    What engine is it ? Model and spec numbers ?
     
  3. bmyownboss2005

    bmyownboss2005 LawnSite Member
    from Saxe VA
    Posts: 30

    It is a Super Z 60" 25hp or 27hp Kawaski not sure but I'll get it tomorrow. I did a search here and it sounds like its a head gasket. Not sure what that will cost me but I know it sounds expensive.
     
  4. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    The first thing you want to do is remove the flywheel cover and with a couple of screw drivers under the flywheel see if you can rock it side to side, This will cause the top crank seal to blow oil out.

    The top crank bearing/bushing which is cast in the block may be worn out, This would mean a new block or engine replacement.

    I've had three in this month with this problem and here is a paste of a thread here on the front page now.


     
  5. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
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    We had a guy bring a Kawasaki-powered Scag in, doing the exact same thing. Crank moving around inside the seal location on top. Block was shot. He had us just replace the entire engine. I think he only had about 1200hrs.
    I will take a Kohler any day over a Kawasaki.
     
  6. bmyownboss2005

    bmyownboss2005 LawnSite Member
    from Saxe VA
    Posts: 30

    The model no is FH721V. Restrob if it is the top crank bearing/bushing what kind of money am I looking at to repair or replace?
    Mowingman you said you will take a Kohler any day over a Kawasaki. I hear different. Maybe I should do a poll. Restrob what do you think about what Mowingman said. You been working on these for a long time so whats your expert opinion?
     
  7. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well.....Working for a dealer of all the engines listed in my sig line I really don't have one. I do, But I don't like posting it as the same in oil/filter and additive threads.

    Everyone has their own experiences with everything, What may be good to one may be bad to another. I have posted in the past that a engine will only last so long, So proper maintenance is the KEY to getting the most life out of one.

    The only thing I will say is Kohler has put a sour taste in my mouth from having to replace sooo many blown head gaskets, I stopped counting at 28 engines and couldn't take a guess at the actual count.

    You may measure your crankshaft size/length and check here; http://www.smallenginewarehouse.com/

    Or here; http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=197854

    Good Luck
     
  8. bmyownboss2005

    bmyownboss2005 LawnSite Member
    from Saxe VA
    Posts: 30

    That is a pretty tough question to ask. You could probably ask 50 different mechanics and get numerous of different answers. I think I might just stick with the Kawaski. Now I just have to find a mechanic. Thanks for the links
     

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