Blue/white smoke

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Joel B., Jul 17, 2002.

  1. Joel B.

    Joel B. LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 458

    My John Deere LX-176 has been intermittently blowing out blue/white smoke on start up and it seems to be happening more frequently. It lasts for about 1-3 minutes or so, heavy at first start up and then tapering off.

    I had read the earlier post on white smoke, checked my oil and it was not over filled. Tractor had been sitting level also.

    Am I looking at an engine rebuild? I've owned this tractor for about 7-8 years and have only used it on my own lawn. I can't believe the engine is worn out already. The engine is a Kawasaki 14HP ohv with oil filter.

    Thanks for any advice,

    Joel B.
  2. firefighter

    firefighter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    I would say your looking for a rebuild

    Oil is coming up through the rings ¿
  3. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,068

    well if its burning oil you would be adding alot of oil , how often do you change it or check it , how many hours on that motor
  4. Joel B.

    Joel B. LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 458

    I'm not noticing that it's burning a lot of oil. Up until now, I've only used it on my own yard, maybe 1 hour/week mowing and a little more during fall. I change oil every fall.

    Talked to a couple of Deere dealers. They pretty much said to use it until it gets real bad and watch your oil. One guy said they are not worth rebuilding, just put in a new short the tune of about $850.

    Oh well, such is life,

    Joel B.
  5. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093

    I have seen ring kits in the J-Thomas catalogue for about $30.00. If you have the head pulled off and with the piston down you dont see any heavy grooves in the cylinder wall you can go with a standard size ring set (no over bore). All you will need to do is hone the cylinder before putting the new rings on the original piston.

    Hope this helps.
  6. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Try The Lifter seal's See If They Are Dry. From Not Useing It They Will Dry Out And will Smoke.
    Johnny G. :cool: :cool:

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