25hp kohler head gasket question / help..

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by milo, May 28, 2006.

  1. milo

    milo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,317

    my kohler just started smoking blue today and my dealer told me he thinks my head gasket is bad.
    could a bad head gasket make it burn oil and smoke like this???
    does not feel low on power but it is using alot of oil.
    i just dont know if a bad head gasket would cause oil burning like this.. anyone know for sure please let me know befor i get it fixed. thanks
  2. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 997

    Well if it's smoking and using a lot of oil, then it is a head gasket. I can't imagine it is still "running fine." A blown head gasket will cause a loss of power big time. I would imagine you have less than 100 hours on it, so get with your dealer and ask him to replace the engine.

    In 2000 I went through a head gasket repair, only to have it blow again. Then they put on a new engine, but it eventually a rocker arm assembly came loose and ruined the engine. It's not something you would think to PM.

    I have one Kohler left, and it's the 27EFI. I like it better than the carb models because it has much more power.
  3. milo

    milo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,317

    well when it was not smoking it did only seem to run on one cylinder and then it started to smoke a bit and use oil but then it ran on both cylinders. to me makes no sense but what does. well i am getting the new gasket kit and bolts put on it. i hope that fixes it..
    as for kohler engines they are good. great on gas. i have owned all of them kohler, kawasaki, honda, vanguard. and all of them have there ups and downs..
    kohler's= head gaskets, and love to tap really loud.
    kawasaki's= not best on gas and i seem to need coils alot.
    honda's= not best on gas and take time to warm up..
    vanguard's= leak oil.
    i do think all are perty good but all have some issues one way or another.

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