New some help on Kohler engine

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Howard Smith, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. Howard Smith

    Howard Smith LawnSite Member
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    I have a Scag VTR that I just purchase a few months ago. It is a old Turff Runner with a 22 hp Kohler which I know is old. It has been running fine, I just replaced all filters, changed oil, battery and a few other things just because I think it had been sitting for a while. The time meter says 800 hours, but I sure that isn't correct.

    Any way it has been running fine and the other day I stopped mowing after a hour or so and went to lunch. When I came back it was hard to start and back fired a few times but did start. I mowed a few strips and it started back firing a bunch and lost power. I finally got where I couldn't keep it running.

    Any sugguestings ?
  2. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Oil level is ok? What does the spark plug look like?
  3. Howard Smith

    Howard Smith LawnSite Member
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    Oil level is good, haven't checked the plugs yet.
  4. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Plugs are cheap and easy. I would start there.
  5. viper00085

    viper00085 LawnSite Member
    from NC/VA
    Posts: 237

    kohler/scag had unfort a ton of issues with the turf runners (walker look alikes). kohler did have major ignition issues. bad modules and bad s.a.m's. when they made that unit years back (spark advance module). also the sam module can be water sensitive if it got soaked. sometimes they will dry out and be fine in a few hours or they just go bad and they control the timing and can cause backfiring and no top rpms or power. If new plugs dont help. They had a series of updates and wty bulletins, but never can tell whats been done to it when you buy used, so I would start by questioning the spark/ignition system.

    if that all seems fine, then look towards valve issues.
  6. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 2,246

    i thought scags attempt at copying walker was the cougar? either way, my mower did this at one point and it was only a dirty air filter from a really dry dusty summer. another cheap/easy thing to try.
  7. Howard Smith

    Howard Smith LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the advise. My issues was that a rocker arm had come off.

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