Kawasaki FH500V difficult to start

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Mi-D-Fine Yard Service, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. Mi-D-Fine Yard Service

    Mi-D-Fine Yard Service LawnSite Member
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    I have a Great Dane Super Surfer with the 17 hp Kawasaki FH500V Motor runs strong, but is difficult to start. I replaced the starter, starter solenoid, and battery cables. I do need a new battery, so I have jump started it from my truck battery before. What else can I do to get me up and running a gain?
     
  2. DaughtryLC

    DaughtryLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    Do you mean difficult to start when? Cold ,Hot,all the time etc. need more info?
     
  3. Mi-D-Fine Yard Service

    Mi-D-Fine Yard Service LawnSite Member
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    Difficult to start all the time. It may turn once or twice. Sometimes I will get it started with starting fluid.
     
  4. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
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    Pull the air horn cover and air filter,engage the choke lever and observe that the choke butterfly is fully closed.

    Dutch
     
  5. Mi-D-Fine Yard Service

    Mi-D-Fine Yard Service LawnSite Member
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    Choke actuates fine. I have noticed the starter will spin, but once it ingages to the flywheel the motor drags bad.
     
  6. ncls

    ncls LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sounds like a serious motor problem. Have a knowledgeable mechanic pull the head off and inspect it.
     
  7. FIXDISS

    FIXDISS LawnSite Senior Member
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    Try replaceing the battery since you obviously already have diagnosed it is weak. Once you replace battery if you still have hard start trouble then I would suggest you adjust valves per specs. If valves are out of adjustment then your compression release will not function properly. I believe I have read here that Kaw reccomends valve adjustment frequently.Maybe this will help.
     
  8. FIXDISS

    FIXDISS LawnSite Senior Member
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    As far as engine dragging when starter engages you can remove spark plugs and spin it over. If it spins freely then I would check valve adjustment.
     
  9. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sounds like FIXDISS is onto something here.

    Here is the adjustment procedure if needed;


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  10. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Sounds like the battery and/or starter has issues. A slow cranking engine is a hard starting engine.
     

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