John Deere with Kohler CV 15 S problems...Help!!!

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by malvernmike, Apr 17, 2005.

  1. malvernmike

    malvernmike LawnSite Member
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    First time poster....pretty cool site. My father just gave me a John Deere STX46 5 speed with a Kohler Command CV 15 S. Before he gave it to me he beefed up the front end, had the engine looked over at the local JD dealer, and had it running better than it had for some time. When he loaded it on the truck it ran like a dream. After a 3 hour drive it ran horrible. We could barely get it off the truck. It started, but then acted like it just didn't want to get going. If we put the throttle in choke or in a high throttle position it would stall out. Same thing on the low end. We checked the spark plug and it was OK. I'm definitely not a mower mechanic, but not afraid to tinker. I took it to a friend and he opened up the carb. and found a bit of dirt, but not much. He also noticed that I had gas in the oil. When he took the throttle controls off and messed around with it a bit it started running good again when he was controlling it manually. After putting it back together it runs crappy again. A local JD dealer here told me to change the oil and put some STP gas treatment in it then let it run for 45 minutes. After that check the oil and change it again. He said he thought that would get it for didn't. Now I can't even get it started. Any Suggestions???
  2. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Did it smoke? Did it knock? Gas in oil is a sign of either a bad PCV valve or bad rings, causing blow by.
  3. malvernmike

    malvernmike LawnSite Member
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    It did blow smoke out of the exhaust and make a loud bang every now and then when it was running poorly. Now it will not even start. If I sit on the starter a bit it sounds like it will almost go and is blowing black smoke out of the exhaust.
  4. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The choke could be stuck partially closed. Remove the air filter and look down the intake to determine the position of the choke plate.


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