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Puff of Smoke during start up...

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by HighGrass, May 22, 2005.

  1. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Posts: 1,237

    I have a LazerHP w/23HP Kaw. Every 6-8 lawns or so, when i start it I get a puff of smoke...gray in color. Oil doesn't appear to drop all that much between changes. I use KAW Synthetic oil. I change oil and filter evry 40 hrs.
     
  2. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,640

    Could be too much gas. Make sure you do the correct shut-down procedure. Sorta sounds like it is getting too much fuel at shut-down and when you restart, it can't burn it all.
     
  3. KERRTURF

    KERRTURF LawnSite Member
    Posts: 129

    I'm not real sure about Kawasaki's. but my old Chevy did the same thing, and it was valve seals. It usually only happpend after it sat for a while.
     
  4. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Posts: 1,237

    This is how I shut it down.

    Normally when I am done mowing, I throttle back to idle and dis-engage mower.
    Then, I go back to about half throttle and load mower on trailer.
    Once on the trailer, I throttle back to idle and leave it that way as I close the gate. When I'm ready to go (1-3 minutes) I then shut the mower off with the key.

    Drive to next lawn.

    Start without choke unless it doesn't catch. I usually start with the throttle cracked a bit but nothing drastic.
     
  5. Redneckn

    Redneckn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 294

    It could be due to transporting the machine. It would really just depend. if it is just a small puff of smoke, i wouldn't worry about it too much.
     

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