old kohler problem...coil?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by schoonerrider, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. schoonerrider

    schoonerrider LawnSite Member
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    I've got an old Kohler MV18, that needs help...It died on me the other day so I've checked the spark on two new plugs, spark on one but not on the other. Magneto and wires appear OK. The local dealer wants $90 for a new coil...is that too much and is it necessary?

    Any help appreciated!
     
  2. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You need the coil. I think it lists for about $105 so $90 is fair.
     
  3. schoonerrider

    schoonerrider LawnSite Member
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    OK. Thanks
    For my next dumb question....Whats the difference between a starter and a coil?
     
  4. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A coil generates what in the end event is a spark.
    The starter is the electric motor that spins your engine for starting.
    If it's is a rope pull engine then you would be the starter!
     
  5. schoonerrider

    schoonerrider LawnSite Member
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    So that's not my problem then is it? It is a battery start. What else then? Battery is 1 year old...should I go back to ignition?
     
  6. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Looks like you need to buy a new coil and be done with it.
     
  7. schoonerrider

    schoonerrider LawnSite Member
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    Just to follow up...This engine doesn't have a "coil", a "module" is what it needed.

    Accomplishes the same thing, the terminology is what was confusing me.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  8. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Like a Solenoid is a "Magnetic Switch" .....You got the idea.
     

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