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Fuel starvation problem on Kohler 16 HP engine.

I have a Scotts riding lawn tractor, model S1642, with a Kohler 16 HP engine. A year ago while mowing (engine hot), every time I went up even a very slight incline(not any hills), the engine would sputter and die as if starved for gas(unless I got the tractor headed down hill). I went to a John Deere dealer parts desk and was told that the small solenoid on the bottom of the float bowl needed to be replaced. I bought a new one for 75 bucks, replaced it, and am again having the same problem. I would appreciate any help in solving the engine problem. Thanks...Zeibart

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Replace the fuel filter

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This solenoid is for the fule level in the carb if its not working right it starves the engine of gas (petrol) so you will need to change it to get the motor running right,,,you could try cleaning the solenoid in switch cleaner first,,take it out and soke it in a tin of switch cleaner it may get it going again but dont hold your breath that this will work

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  • hockey 99 Sep 30, 2010

    Had the same problem with my scotts 1642 . No gas in carb when riding flat .. First change the filter and try again , same problem, run for a while and die, no gas in filter, so put a longer hose between filter and carb and also between tank, took tank out and cleaned it and made sure filter was not horizontal , a little vertical because of gravity feeding and he has been running well since,. Answer is : don't know what fixed it, dirty tank, longer hose to keep filter vertical and keep air bubble out of filter or just luck, but worked 3 days in row with no problem.

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