Kawasaki dies under load

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Wayne Offiler, Sep 22, 2002.

  1. Wayne Offiler

    Wayne Offiler LawnSite Member
    Messages: 113

    Have a Skag 48 with 14 hp Kawa. Starts right up and purrs at all rpms - with no load. Last month or so started losing power, coughing and sputtering in heavier mowing conditions. Now it dies out just by engaging the blades. Also coughs out some black smoke. Checked the usual stuff. Cleaned carb, new air filter, new plug, fuel filter, fresh gas.
    My service man hasn't looked at it, but says that probably the intake valve hav been damaged by sucking in too much dust and grit. I hope its something more minor.
    Any suggestions from the experts out there?
  2. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,465

    make sure your choke is open all the way.or something in the main jet or passageway

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