Question about John Deere Garden
At times on start up, you will get a cloud of blue or white smoke. Smells like oil burning.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
A very common problem with the GX series with Kawasaki engines. The carburetor 'inlet needle' sticks open and fills the crankcase with fuel. When checking the oil, it can be difficult to see the gasoline and the level appears to be OK. Remove the dipstick and smell the oil, you may detect a gasoline smell. Also, drain the oil, and you may find much more fluid than you expect.
The solution on newer mowers was to install an 'in-line' shut-off valve to keep the fuel from syphoning into the carburetor. The inlet needle and seat in the carburetor is NOT replaceable, so a new carburetor is the ultimate solution, but VERY expensive. Installing and using an in-line shut-off valve is more affordable.
Also, this situation is common when machine is transported on a trailer, as the bouncing causes the needle/seat to leak. When transporting, always turn off the fuel supply to the carburetor.
Posted on Nov 08, 2009
If smoke is coming from solenoid on rear top side of trans then internal windings are bad but usually it will blow the fuse.Remove plastic nut from solenoid,slide solenoid off shaft then engage PTO.If solenoid does not smoke slide screwdriver or something like it into solenoid and see if there is any Magnetic force.If smoke comes from deck check idlers and spindles for movement.Be sure to ckeck gearcase oil level on the deck.
Posted on Nov 13, 2009
Sounds like you have a piston ring ring problem or valve guides worn. Both will cause blue smoke and hard to start. If you don't know how to do a leak down test then you'll have to give it to someone who does. The leak down test will determine if it's the rings or the valves. Also, check to make sure you don't have too much oil in crankcase
Posted on Dec 04, 2009
I know exactly the problem. I work for a John Deere dealership and have seen this problem before. It is called short-tripping. When a machine is first started, gas does leak into the cylinder and crankcase past the rings--normal--simulates leaving the choke on too long with a carburetor engine.. As the engine temperature rises, the gas in the oil is burned off and there really isn't a problem. When you take short trips or do not let the engine run to get it up to temperature, the gas in the crankcase does not get burned off and will accumulate over time. Make sure the machine is getting up to operating temperature and this could take up to 20 minutes if the ambient air temp is low. Feel free to e-mail at email@example.com with further questions
Posted on Dec 16, 2009
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