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Threw a Rod on the Toro today

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by South Florida Lawns, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    I believe thats what happened. Sounds like I'm only running on one cylinder or that its missing. I started it at the dealer and all the mechanics in the back said it sounds like I broke a rod. Its a 19hp Kawi with 600hrs, can't wait to get the bill. At least it didn't seize up on me.
  2. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    That sucks. Are you sure it didn't eat a valve?
  3. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,594

    why not rebuild it yourself? I rebuilt a whole motor(rods, rings, crank, wrist pins, gasket kit) for $300 bucks, a 22 horse briggs that threw both rods and broke one piston..
  4. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    Oh I don't know. Lets see I don't know jack about engines and I don't wanna mess up mine more than it already is. I'm sure after a week or so I could teach myself how to take it all apart, get the right parts and then finally fix it. I know my dealer is way faster. In this business time is money. I think I'm gonna start looking into educating myself in small engine repair, for down the road when something like this happens again.
  5. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,227

    Man, it is simple. I have rebuilt 3 two cycle engines, a chevy v8 and v6. Its fun and it is a great learning experience. Plus, it save you money in the long run. But the time no, but heck, everyone has free time, you just have to know where to find it...

    Should not take longer than 3 or 4 hours or so to disassemble, rebuild, and assemble.
  6. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    Its also more of the fact that once I pull something apart it either never runs quite right after, takes 10 tries to get it back together, or a bunch of money to correct the mistakes I made along the way. I kinda know the logistics of engines but stuff never goes right for me.
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    My opinion is there are some things we just wasn't meant to fool with, and this might be one of them.
    There are some folks to whom it comes easy, but to others it doesn't.

    I know all about that.
  8. sweetz

    sweetz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,599

    ya, by using mowers we don't automatically become brilliant, gifted mechanics. Know your limits.:waving:
  9. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    If you were closer I would help you break her down and rebuild it.
  10. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,444

    You won't be rebuilding a Kawaski for that kind of money.

    I think it's very odd that you had an internal engine problem with so few hours. Our Kaw's are lasting well over 2,000 hours and we have one with over 3,000 hrs on it.

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