Question about Craftsman GT 5000 26 HP54" Garden Tractor ()
After sitting for a week, the engine puts out a lot of blue smoke when started. Eventually stops smoking after less than a minute but really has me worried. Checked oil level and is in between ADD and FULL. Can shut down tractor and restart after half hour with no smoke. Only 23 hrs on tractor.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Start with making sure your oil lever is not over full. If it is it may be getting into the crankcase breather hose that goes to the carburetor hence the white smoke. Sometimes also you can blow a gasket in the breather system and it will do the same. Check for oil leaks in the breather system. Hope this helps. donnyb60
Posted on Mar 21, 2009
If you keep running it in this condition, it will eventually seize up on you. You are going to need to rebuild the motor. Oil is getting by the ring on the piston. And gas is getting into the crankcase because it's being mixed with oil and not burning properly.
My advice would be to stop using it and get it fixed, before you cause even more damage.
Posted on Sep 24, 2010
Sounds like an internal engine failure. Take the spark plugs out and stick a screw driver in the the cylinders. Then turn the engine by hand, and see if the pistons move. My guess is one or both won't, but if they do then you'll need to do more testing like a compression test or leak down tests. You may even need a partial tear down to find the problem. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it is possible that it is repairable rather than having to purchase a whole engine.
Posted on Oct 30, 2010
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