Kohler 26 Hp backfire on decell

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by PABresnick, May 7, 2002.

  1. PABresnick

    PABresnick LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
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    I have a Kohler Comand 26 Hp with less than 100 hours that started out by dieseling at shut off and has now progressed to stumbling on accelleration and also back firing with a large flame out the exhaust when you reduce the throttle. Head gaskets were done last year to eliminate the oil consumption problem and the carb has been cleaned but I found no dirt or varnish. Kohler is sending me a new accellerator pump diaphragm but the old one was fine. The fly wheel key is also good. Carb is not adjustable on mixture but float level is good. This is a model cv25s on a Craftsman tractor that is 3 years old. I bought it used so I have no warranty and parts can get expensive if I start guessing. Any help or ideas would be great. I figure its getting extra fuel on decell to shoot the flame.
     
  2. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You can get a backfire if there is a hole in the muffler or the muffler gaskets are bad.
     
  3. PABresnick

    PABresnick LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
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    Exhaust is good and there are no leaks.
     
  4. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Maybe it's running hot? Have you dechaffed the engine? On my 25 command the carb was cleaned twice with no effect. Kohler sent a brand new one to put on and it runs great now.
     
  5. selph

    selph LawnSite Member
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    I have the Kohler Command 25 HP on my Grasshopper. It also does this. Now it will run fine until it gets warm (20-30 min.) and the starts backfiring really bad. It does it worse under full throttle. Any ideas? The problem may be the same as yours :( Dave
     
  6. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Does either one of your engines have a lot of tappet noise? It will be a light to heavy clicking or ticking noise from the lifters not pumping up.
     
  7. selph

    selph LawnSite Member
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    No tappet noise at all on mine. dave
     
  8. danzig

    danzig LawnSite Member
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    Sounds like a faulty coil. The backfire could happen if the exaust is too rich from all the fuel not being burned up. Mine does this but i know it has a hole in the muffler.
     

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