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Getting upset with Dixie/Kohler

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Turf Ranger, Aug 3, 2002.

  1. Turf Ranger

    Turf Ranger LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    I bought a dixie chopper x2001 with the 20hp kohler command in june. Bought it brand new. Ever sence I bought it, it blows white smoke when I start it. I just thought it was cause it was new. Well i called my dealer about it, he said there was probably just to much oil in it, or cause it was just new. So I gave it more time. Then I took it over to my dealer and let him take a look at it. He said it had a little to much oil in it, and that the smoke was just oil being burned. So today I changed the oil in, thinking it would stop the smoke, WRONG. The dealership is acting like they are trying to avoid working on it just cause its under warranty. I am open to any suggestions that anyone might have to fix this problem. Oh ya, and the mechanic/slalesman there also told me to run 10w40? I decided to go with 10W30 like the manual said... Should i change dealers????-- thanks
  2. strickdad

    strickdad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    your leaving yourself open for the kawasaki boys to say "i told you so"
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I would stick with the recommended 10w30. My Dixie with 25 Kohler will do the same thing if a) there is just a tick too much oil in the engine or b) I don't allow it to idle for a minute or two before shutting it off especially in hot weather. This engine smoking problem seems to be generally confined (from what I've seen first hand and read here at Lawnsite) to Dixie Choppers with 22" rear tires. The engine tilts back towards the cylinders on these mowers and too much oil may probably be running into the lowest cylinder when the mower is not running.
  4. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    common, nothing to stress over.

    stick with the proper level of kohler 10wx30, idle before shutting down, and it'll reduce it.
  5. Russ

    Russ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 540

    Captdevo & Richard Martin both gave ya good advice. Every Kohler/DC I've had did it and there has never been a problem. Just be sure there is no oil leaking from the head gasket and let it idle a minute before you shut it off.
  6. The problem would be worse then.:D
  7. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    jus tell anybody that ask, its a dixie feature ,so u can leave everybody in u smoke.:)
  8. Alan Bechard

    Alan Bechard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    My dixon 60" does this as well, I thought it was a problem but could never sort out what was causing it.


    Al B
  9. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,619

    I am demoing a 2000 Exmark lazer hp/23 hp Kawa engine and I notice it does creates white smoke when I start it. I just turn it off as soon as I am done so maybe I should idle it a few minutes before I shut if off. The engine runs smooth so I am assuming it is normal for the engine.
  10. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 997

    I have a 2000 DC with the 25hp Kohler and it too will smoke sometimes if the oil level is slightly over the full line. But I don't mind keeping mine a little over full so I don't have to worry about running low on oil. The smoking at times is no big problem.

    What you should be concerned about is if the engine is smoking and loosing power. I'm sure you know that is mostly caused by a blown head gasket, and you can pull the left spark plug to check for that.

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