Oil Leaks on Kawasaki

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by SLSNursery, Aug 9, 2001.

  1. SLSNursery

    SLSNursery LawnSite Senior Member
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    I was wondering if anyone has had oil leaks with liquid cooled kawasaki motors. I have one on a Turf Tiger, and it all of a sudden needed valve cover gaskets because a significant leak occured. It is a 1998 machine with under 2000 hours on it (maybe 1800 or so, could be less). We changed the gaskets, and cleaned the machine. Next, it appears that there is a leak at the back of the motor. It is a little difficult to pinpoint the source, but it appears to be near the rear main (if that is what it is) seal. Any ideas?
     
  2. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have the 17hp kawasaki motor, and mine started leaking this spring. The growing season was aproaching fast and I took it to a dealer. They found out where it was leaking, and ordered parts, but it took 10-14 days to get the parts. They said it was the pan gasket, but it still leaked, and had to replace another gasket, which I think was the timing cover gasket. The engine was air cooled and because of the air flow around the engineit was difficult to see where the oil was comming out. I don`t know about the air flow on a liquid cooled engine. :cool:
     
  3. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Chech the crankcase ventilating system to see if it's clean and working. If it's not then there will be pressure build up and will force oil out of seals and gaskets.
     
  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't know if the Kaw twins use a compression release but that could definately cause a problem if it's not working correctly.
     
  5. plow kid

    plow kid Banned
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    the electric start kaw twins don't have a compression release, some of the older 12.5 and 14 hp singles have them
     

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