Kawasaki Engine

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by MattG, Nov 29, 2000.

  1. MattG

    MattG LawnSite Member
    from STL, MO
    Posts: 13

    I have a John Deere LX172 with a single cylinder 14hp Kawasaki engine (FC420V). It wont start. If you crank it long enough it will pop a little then backfire. I have drained and cleaned the fuel tank and line, cleaned the carburetor bowl, replaced the igniter (small electrical part on the side), replaced the fuel filter, both air filters and the spark plug. I checked the spark and it is good. The fuel pump works. The engine was running great when I put it away several weeks ago. I was using sta-bil in the gas for the last 2 months or so. however, the igniter went out on it about a month ago. The symptoms were the same. It has compression of about 110-120. The tester is old so I don't know how accurate it is. This engine is 10 years old so and this is the first time it won't start (other than the igniter). Maintenance has been performed regularly. Any suggestions?
     
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    Are there any OPC switches that might be broken? Check all your connections, levers and switches. My 14 kawi has done this before and it was an opc switch.
     
  3. MattG

    MattG LawnSite Member
    from STL, MO
    Posts: 13

    Thanks for the suggestion. I didn’t check any of the switches. The dealer told me a switch problem would ground the coil and I would get no spark. As it is it does have spark. It is entirely possible that one of the switches is intermittently grounding the coil so it wont start. A burnt intake valve has also been thrown around but I don’t see how that can keep an engine from starting. Any other suggestions. I know Kawasaki is a popular engine now on commercial equipment and I can see why. 10 years and this is the first engine problem.
     
  4. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 922

    I had a problem with a 121/2 Kaw. Took it to the shop.
    After the mower sat in the warm shop, it started. I had been storing it in a rental unit. Temps in the 20's at night. Anyway....30 weight oil was the problem.
     
  5. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    It didn't ground mine. I had spark and it would not crank. The switch was broken, and it wasn't making good contact.
     
  6. Try using some starting fluid.
     
  7. Mike Felices

    Mike Felices Banned
    from Georgia
    Posts: 91

    Try changing the oil. My friend had a mower that did teh same thing. I changed the oil for him and it started right up after about 20 pulls. Turns out he put 2-cycle oil in it by accident.
     
  8. MattG

    MattG LawnSite Member
    from STL, MO
    Posts: 13


    I tried Starting Fluid (ether) but that did not even work. I thought I would get at least a good second or two of running from that but no go. I have never considered that the oil would keep it from starting. The tractor is almost 10 years old and all the safety switches and engine parts are original (except the igniter). I will let everyone know what the shop finds out. Until then if anyone has any other ideas I would like to hear them. Thanks to everyone who has helped out.
     
  9. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    The oil will NOT keep it from starting. It could cause it to blow up, but has nothing to do with not running. Heck, you can put no oil in it and it could start.
     
  10. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 922

    When the oil is thick as mud it wont start. Been there.
    You 65Hoss?
     

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