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valve adjustment...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sailinstud420, Dec 19, 2004.

  1. sailinstud420

    sailinstud420 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 343

    I have a 19 kawai (FH601V) with 1200 hrs on it. I have heard of adjusting the valves but am not sure exactly as to how to do it and what the gap is supposed to be. I have a gap checker, and I know you want the piston at TDC to measure. Does anyone know what the gap is supposed to be? What all do you have to take off to do this? I am assuming the valve cover has to come off for sure. What do you actually do to adjust them? Is this something I dare do or leave it to the pro's?
  2. sailinstud420

    sailinstud420 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 343

    someone round here has to know something... come on. don't be shy..
  3. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,410

    My manual sais nothing about valve adjustment. Im not sure, but I think the Kaw 17 has hydraulic lifters that dont require adjustment. Someone please correct me if your sure Im wrong. I only have two Kaws and not real familiar with them
  4. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 657

    I do recall seeing that in a manuel. But I think that would be a big job to do if you dont know what you are doing engine wise. imo i will look for info on the gap tomorrow.
  5. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,016

    We have that same engine on two of our Scag Tiger Cubs, how is the engine holding up so far and what machine is it on? I will check our owners manual and see what it says about that.
  6. sailinstud420

    sailinstud420 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 343

    the engine is on a 2000 exmark TT w/ a 52" deck. The engine has been great. I bought the mower used with 1100 hours or so on it, and I only put about a 120 or so on it this summer. It runs fine, I just want to make sure it continues to do so. It is a little on the light side for power, I would love a 22hp. I don't know how people have a 52" with a 17 hp on it. I'd check the manual but I don't have one. Thanks for the help so far.

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