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Kaw 13 hp starting problem

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by carcrz, Jul 5, 2007.

  1. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    I've drained all the fuel, changed the filter, cleaned out all fuel lines, and cleaned out the bowl. This thing just will not start, even w/ starting fluid. (Pull start) I checked the spark plug & it is brown & needs replaced, but I've seen plugs in worse condition that still started. Any ideas what else it could be? Maybe just the plug?
     
  2. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    Some plug pics (Sorry about the quality):

    plug 1.JPG

    plug 2.JPG

    plug 3.JPG
     
  3. saw man

    saw man LawnSite Bronze Member
    from utah
    Messages: 1,032

    Do you have spark? Maybe valve problems.
     
  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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  5. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    You, my good man, are a genius! Fired right up (I went ahead & put in a new plug today as well, but I don't think that was related). Here's what I don't get. The dealer put a new switch on it back in February because I was having the same problem then; that's why I came here w/ my dilemma. The switch they put on it has a ground wire that mounts on one of the muffler bracket bolts on the block. If I remember correctly, they routed a new wire there. I don't recall where, or if, there was a ground wire there before or even at all off the switch.
     
  6. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    Are there any special electrical male/female connectors that are water tight? I'm thinking some water may have got behind the standard blue male/female connectors that they used.
     
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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