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Kawasaki FC420V- fs14

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Dunn's, Oct 27, 2006.

  1. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,534

    We have a Kawasaki FC420V- fs14 engine on an older 52" Ferris with pull start. When you pulled it to start you had to pull it out a good distance before pulling the cord. If you pulled it more than 3 to 4 times and it didn't start one of the next pulls would pull you back in with the machine and almost rip your arm off. So we decided to see if the flywheel key had been sheared off. So we take the cover off the engine and begin to work our way down to the flywheel. We get there hook up the gear puller and the flywheel is a little tight. As we expected it to be because of the age of the machine. So finally the flywheel comes off, but really it jumped off the engine about to feet up maybe more. We look down at the engine and what do we see the magnets from the flywheel are stuck to the charging coils. So we got a new Flywheel and will hopefully have time to put it on tommorow. if this is not the problem after we put the new flywheel on and it still is hard to start and trys to rip your arm off.

    What suggestions does everyone have to what could be the problem??? Any help is appreciated. (Oh yeah the flywheel key was not sheared off and appears to be fine.)
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    Well, Since you have that new $24 service manual look up the valve clearance specs. and check them. It sounds like they may be too wide (loose) and not letting the compression release operate properly.
  3. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,534

    We replaced the flywheel and now it is running fine.Anyone know where to look up an owners manual for 52" Ferris Hydro. We need to figure out how to raise and lower the deck. We are unsure of the year of the machine. It looks like a fixed deck. We put spacers in to raise the front but are unsure of how to raise the rear. Any help appreciated.

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