Bad coil at 220 hours? Really kawasaki?!?!

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by 2stroked, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. 2stroked

    2stroked LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 296

    I was out mowing today up some leaves today on my scag when it started sputtering and acting like it was running at half throttle. So i pulled one of the sparkplug boots of the sparkplug when the blower was running and the engine stalled. I did the same on the other side and the engine kept running. So now i need to order a coil for my engine, and all i can think is wow. The motor has 220 hours on it and coil is already needs to be replaced. I thought Kawasaki engines were supposed to be Superior to briggs and kohler engines? Apparently not.
  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,829

    Kawi didn't make the coil. The same thing could happen on any brand of engine. Just get the new one and keep on keepin' on.
  3. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,397

    I had one go out at around 75 hrs.
  4. 2stroked

    2stroked LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 296

    The thing is that you would think that they would realize that the coils in their engines are crap and change their supplier. I'm sure that theirs more than one maker for engine coils.
  5. lawns Etc

    lawns Etc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,277

    I had several go on a 29 DFI Kawi when I had a 797 Deere
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,592

    They could but they don't....Kaw has some kind of problem. Had two go last year on one machine:dizzy:
  7. R & R Yard Designs

    R & R Yard Designs LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 646

    Its not what you think. If the air gap is to small or to big that will make the coil bad
    That is one of the first thing that i check when i get a mower. That and the valves.
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  8. aroddy

    aroddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    I replace them pretty often on the Big Block Kawasakis pretty often. Almost all of them under warranty
  9. juspayme

    juspayme LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 298

    its common, i have 2 28 60 exmarks both with kaw, do both coils save on the labor bill if the other one goes
  10. Sharpcut 1

    Sharpcut 1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    Yup, probably 50% of the 31 and 37 hp Kawi vertical shafts we have sold have had a coil go with less than 300 hours.

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