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Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by gene gls, Sep 20, 2001.

  1. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213


    I am trying a new repair service with my last starter. By the time you decide there is a problem with the starter its already too badly worn from the dust. My dealer didn't think it was bad enough to replace, but now its like night and day starting.

    It looks like I am the only 20HP Walker owener that has starter trouble.

  2. Fish

    Fish LawnSite Member
    Messages: 139

    It just sounds like it may not be the starters at fault. Many things
    can cause damage to starters and just replacing it without finding
    out why wastes lots of money.
  3. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213


    The starter is not a sealed unit, dust and dirt is the main problem. Maybe its the way Walker mounts the engin. The Scag Turf Runner mounts thier 20HP Kolher engins oppiset from Walker. I have talked with guys that have not had any problems with Scag units. Maybe Kolher needs to seal off the flywheel + starter area for future improvements to thier engins.

    To me its a problem and I will not buy another mower with the starter in this set-up.

  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I don't know about the 20 hp engine but there is regular maintenance that is supposed to be done to the starter on a 12.5 Kohler according to my Kohler service manual for 12.5 engines. I'm not trying to be a smart guy but perhaps a $13 investment in a factory service manual could save you hundreds of dollars in replaced starters.
  5. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    My kohler CV enigne manual says you should pull and clean the internals of the starter motor every season.
  6. Fish

    Fish LawnSite Member
    Messages: 139

    Since your mind was made up long ago, there is really no reason
    for anyone to post anymore. But listening to the backround of
    your problem, I seriously doubt that your problem is due to a
    design flaw of Kohler or Walker. The problem is likely Kohlers fault
    and they would remedy it, if you were to discuss it with them.
    There is a possibility the original dealer may be culpable too,
    but that would be hard to prove. But if I was the dealer selling
    expensive commercial units and had one that went through
    this many starters, I would be doing backflips to remedy this
    problem for my customer. The Kohler rep should feel the same
    way. I apologize since I obviously made you mad, but I was just
    trying to help. I will not make anymore posts on this thread.

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