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How to replace coil on 26 hp kohler engine

Engine will not start,not even from a jump start,cleaned air filter,but there is no fire at the spark plugs

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SOURCE: Craftsman rider 19.5 hp won't start

check to make sure you are getting fire

Posted on Apr 27, 2009

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SOURCE: 36" Craftsman riding mower. Turns over, getting fuel and spark but will not fire and start up. Originally started went about 25 ft cut off and will not fire back up. New plug & fuel filter install

if anti back fire selonoid is disconnected how
are you getting fuel? if so ck selonoid again make sure it is open. should run

Posted on Sep 07, 2009

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SOURCE: My craftsman mower with a 26 hp kohler dies when choke is in

carb dirty, jets partially plugged, float sticking. Not so uncommon problem and is caused by the fuel left in the carb over the winter gumming up (going bad). You can attempt to clean this on your own if you are somewhat mechanically inclined. Search small engine repair and it will give you a generic breakdown of the parts in a small engine carb. If not the, to have someone overhaul a small engine carb will run you about $120 including parts (at least around VA).

Posted on Apr 05, 2010

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Sounds like its not getting enough fuel. clean the fuel system and the carby. The valve clearances also need to be checked.

Posted on Apr 11, 2011

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SOURCE: Lawnmower looses power. Sounds

Hi, first check the oil. If it smells like fuel, change the oil. Secondly if oil smells ok, check the valve clearances and adjust if incorrect. Let me know if the oil smells like fuel and I will help with a fix to stop it happening again. Regards Phil.

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What makes a mower lose fire?

need fuel, spark and air. Make sure air filter is clear. Best way to test this is leave it off while you try to start (or restart??). For spark, easiest way is to spray starter fluid in the carb. If it starts, you have a fuel problem. If you havent lately (or ever?), change the fuel filter.

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first i thought this engine had only one spark plug ?? second it's a kohler engine right ? this model has a coil (thing that makes fire for plug) that sits right on top of engine under cover this allows grass and other stuff to get inside it and cause things to overheat a bit this makes coil go out when things get hot in there but it usually will restart when it cools off after a few hours your gonna need to remove cover replace overheated coil and clean this entire area with compressed air to get things cooling again , ck out youtube for some of my easy dissassembly videos of this motor (kohler coil change)

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Husqvarna kohler courage 20 hp wont start

Not sure what you meant by starting fluid didn't make a difference. If it fired (tried to start/run) after using starter fluid, then fuel flow is the problem. One technique I've used to troubleshoot a mower someone gave to me, is to place my hand over the air intake of the carb and see if I can keep it running by choking with my hand. For me, its worked, and basically it proved that the carb was bad. If this works, then try cleaning carb...replace needle valve and float if necessary. A repair didn't work for me, had to replace whole carb ~$80. If the solution is a repair is to the fuel not spare expense in the future on using NON-ethanol gas or good additive that neutralizes the effects of the ethanol. Small engines, especially ones not used daily, will suffer damage from ethanol gasoline. A cheap price to pay for the aggravation your going through now.

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Craftsman 26 hp Kohler engine 54

to be honest the enigne ahas a control that the left side must fire and run before the right starts to fire it sounds to me like you have a fuel issue possibly the carb. is gummed up and dirty.

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I have a kohler 12.5 in my J.D. STX38. Starts and runs good but has a slight miss on low idle. It may have it at high idle but you cannot notice it. The carb has been taken apart,cleaned, carb kit...

hi there harryandmeli
sounds like you still have a restriction in your carb or the float level is not right
check all the opening s and jets carefully, particularly main jet and emulsion tube air bleeds
and the idle air bleed , and idle jet, is the tank clean and no water ? , is the tank breather working ?, make sure gaskets at carb flange are ok - no leaking of air , make sure air filter is not blocked ?

provided compression and spark ok,( spark should jump a 6 mm gap minimum ) to pass a coil test and fuel flow from tank to carb is good , these engines have hydraulic valve lifters and like 10w/30 kohler oil , everything being = engine should run good

remember F A C T S

F = Fuel , A = Air , C = Compression , T = Timming , S = Spark

take a look

cheers hope it helps


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I have a 2007, 6500 Craftsman tractor with 26 hp engine (kohler) that won't start. The tractor was running (old gas) when we got off it for a few minutes then went back to start it again but it would not...

First check fuel shutoff valve on bottom of carb . Disconnect and remove , clean witn carb cleaner and be sure there is power at wire when the key is on . Also clean carb jets and bowl .....

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My craftsman 15.5HP kohler riding mower turns over

Try cleaning or better yet, replacing the spark plug. Depending on age and how your tractor was maintained, there are other possible causes.
  • Gummed up fuel system
  • dirty fuel filter
  • defective or misaligned armature/magneto (part that causes your plug to spark, igniting the air/fuel mixture, thus starting the engine)
  • throttle linkage/cable problems
  • low oil level. Some Kohler engines use a low oil shut down sensor which won't allow the engine to run or start to avoid internal damage.
  • Mechanical engine problems
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Sometimes there is rust on the crankshaft and the magneto can not pick up the signal. Leave the sensor on the engine, try cleaning the rust off the crank damper and then run a clean rag between the sensor and crank. The gap varies but a old fashion matchbook seems to work in case the sensor is loose. Good Luck

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Motor runs for 5-10 min. then starts missing and quits.

Check your spark first,if you do not have spark your problem is the coils-if you do have spark the problem probaly lies withone of your valves getting stuck after getting hot and soonas it cools down a little it closes and then you can restart it till it gets hot again.Hope this helps

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