kawasaki 29 dfi coolant missing

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ktackett, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. ktackett

    ktackett LawnSite Member
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    Has anyone had trouble with Kawasaki 29 DFI missing coolant? I am missing a little coolant everytime I run the motor, I took it to the dealer they told me that they pressure tested it and it was ok. They said there is a small gap around the cap neck to let air in so the engine can pull coolant in and they said the bouncing around is causing coolant to leak out there. I don't buy that!
     
  2. SouthSide Cutter

    SouthSide Cutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If its leaking there you ought to be able to see it. Mine has close to 1000 hrs and never have added wtr.
     
  3. brianslawncare

    brianslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    my over flow bottle gets a little low every once in a while. i have a 27 kawi. never looked into it, just added when needed. must be the same problem you have.
     
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Have you tried visually inspecting the machine for leaks yourself?
     
  5. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
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    My 27kawi (same motor basically) runs coolant approximately 2"s below the line on the overflow. I topped it off before and it always ends up being there. I found above the line doing steep slopes coolant would come out around the overflow cap.

    If you can keep some in the overflow I wouldn't worry about it.
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  6. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Its burning it. They know it. It needs new head gaskets and maybe new heads. Mine has been doing it for 1,200 hours and it runs fine. I need to add coolant about once every three days. About a cup and a half. If its under warranty stay on them. If its coming out of your pocket I would run it until it gets bad.
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  7. ktackett

    ktackett LawnSite Member
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    I checked the engine I can't see any leaks, the only place is on the side of the bottle where it looks like something is leaked out. But I am not sure I didn't do it filling it up with more antifreeze. It could be burning it, they sweared up and down they pressure tested it. I need to call Cub and go to another dealer. I feel like i'm getting the run around. I called them once on another problem already!
     
  8. ktackett

    ktackett LawnSite Member
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    Oh one more thing it's been doing it since it was new and I only have 76 hours on it, for a motor that costs that much you would expect better!
     
  9. Daily Lawn/Landscape

    Daily Lawn/Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    Mine did that 2 yrs ago. Found it to be the head gasket. Unfortunatly it was after the damage was done. Take the time to pull the heads and check. The gaskets are only around $25. A lot cheaper than a new motor.

    James

    If I can find the pics of it, I will post.
     
  10. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    What did it end up doing to the motor?
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