Subaru 13.5 motor won't cold start

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by selaeration, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. selaeration

    selaeration LawnSite Member
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    I bought the ride on lawn solutions aerator with the Subaru 13.5 motor and I hate it. Won't start cold. Today 41 degrees and won't even pop. I have lawns to aerate and can't get this machine started. I called LS and they said they had put too small a battery in it and to try pull starting it. That does not work either. Anybody have a suggestion? Even starting fluid won't get it going. The machine has 17 hours on it.
     
  2. bigw

    bigw LawnSite Bronze Member
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    might be flooded,take the plug out and dry it off then check for spark while its out. If you have spark try it again. If it dont work i would be taking it back asap.
     
  3. selaeration

    selaeration LawnSite Member
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    Thanks I took the plug out have a great spark.
     
  4. bigw

    bigw LawnSite Bronze Member
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    well i would be at the place when they open { where you bought it } and they would either find the problem right away and fix it or refund my money no ifs ands or buttS!!!!!!!
     
  5. selaeration

    selaeration LawnSite Member
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    I bought it directly from LS in Louisville and I am in ohio
     
  6. selaeration

    selaeration LawnSite Member
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    Gas is fresh, switch is on, battery good, spark good, oil full, what am I missing?
     
  7. selaeration

    selaeration LawnSite Member
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    Looks like the LS guys were right. I hooked the 50amp kick start charger up to the battery in the aerator and it started. Looks like I'll have to buy a bigger battery for this unit than the one that comes stock---only 275 CCA.
    Looks like I only will lose about $150.00 on this today. Frustrating!:mad:
     
  8. selaeration

    selaeration LawnSite Member
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    LS called me this morning and said that I need to turn down the hydro pressure every time I start the machine. I have not been doing this so this appears to have been my fault from ignorance. Sorry LS:hammerhead:

    Anyway, I am glad I bought this aerator. I have 3 plugr aerators I have used for years and they are good but this thing is so much faster. I also am not BEAT at the end of the day.

    One Suggestion---I'd like to see a parking brake on it to help keep it stable on the trailer.
     
  9. LawnSolutionsCP

    LawnSolutionsCP Sponsor
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    We are working on one for traileriing.
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  10. betmr

    betmr LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What grade of oil do you have in it ? Straight 30 makes for harder cold starts, due to thickness of oil. Multi weight oil is better in cold starting situations. My Snow Blowers and cold weather equip. get 5W-30, my mowers and warm season equip get straight 30.
     

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