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Most of the time, it's caused by dirt, etc. in the carburetor. Disassemble and clean the carb.

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This problem can't be the anti-diesel solenoid in the carb, that only does anything when the engine is shutting down.
Because you got poor results in the leakdown test and get 175 psi of compression (way too much), I suspect that either your intake valve is bad or misadjusted, or the key that holds the flywheel to the crankshaft is sheared off.
Check the valve lash settings and visually inspect the operation ov the valves while you're setting them. If the valves are OK remove the flywheel and check the key.


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SOURCE: Knocking in mower deck or belt clutch when engaging blades, motor bogs / slows down


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sounds like the spring on the carburator butterfly valve is weak ... when at idel it surges the engine but when the blade is enguaged the engine evens out

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there is a safety switch somewhere toward the bottom of the engagement handle if this switch is bad it will kill the engine there is also a switch under the seat that could be bad

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SOURCE: engine cuts out when engaging clutch or engaging blades..

lift the seat and make sure the connector is firmly plugged into the seat switch

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I have a 1977 ford ltd 351 M it SKIPS,stalls won't stay running exaust seams to get hot on right pipe replaced carb pickup coil fuel pump control box plugs cannot figure this out.

Ron, if equipped with EGR valve try cleaning/replacing, check timing, check compression, do a leak down test if compression not to specs.
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Burning oil ,no leaks or smoke

how many miles?
can be bad rings.
or bad valve seals.
or both.
do a compression test then a leak down test, and bingo the answer.
if both pass, the valve seals are bad.
if not rings are bad, if the oil test for compression fails the valves them selves are bad, if the teaspoon of oil test , passes the rings are shot.
read up on all compression tests. using google, or by any car engine book, one that tells you how to test for this.

The leak down test, can even tell you which direction the leak happens
using a rubber hose to your ear.
i can hear air leak to crankcase, valve cover oil filler, oil dip stick hole, and to intake plenum and even hear it at exhaust ports. sure can.

one the oil control rings on old engines can stick down and be
near useless. stuck in the lands. seen many like that.

Id use the 2 gauge to judge engine condition,
if bad, its hopeless. (bottom end bad)
if good, all tests. then the valve seals are bad.
there is a way to change them head on car.
using shop air , or other wild tricks.

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I have a johndeer f725 it runs on one cly. what is wrong?

do a compression test on the engine looking for burnt valve or a valve held open on the one cylinder.

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Knocking at upper left front of engine or # 4 cly. Compression on #2 and 3 cly. 210 psi. #1 180 and # 4 120 psi. Thanks, Larry

I think with the lower pressure reading that the knocking will be coming from a broken compression ring or cracked piston. There is only 10% difference allowable between pistons in a compression test.. However check that the valve train is not causing you problems with a failed rocker or cam shaft bush gone.

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Can I repair a bad cylinder without taking apart the motor in a 2000 Monte Carlo?

Are you talking about compression readings? If so, and you only have 30 psi, engine is in serious state of disrepair. The cylinder head will have to be taken off to fix the problem-sounds like a stuck valve, a non sealing valve, or a blown head gasket. There's no way to get to it without removing the head.
Apparently you had a compression test done? If you had done or would do a leak down test of that cylinder, it would pinpoint the source of the problem-whether an intake or exhaust valve, or a head gasket, or piston or ring damage. With a leak down test, wherever the air is escaping from the cylinder points to the source: if for instance, air leaks out the exhaust pipe, you know it is the exhaust valve not sealing in that cylinder. If air leaks out the intake-it's the intake valve.
Air hissing from the oil dipstick tube would mean compression is being lost past the piston rings-going into the crankcase.

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I have a 99 sienna and the cylinders have low pressure what can i do?

If cylinder compression is too low, the car may not even start because of it. Have a shop do a compression test or a leak-down test to check the internal health of your engine. A good engine should have pressures of 150-200 psi in all cylinders and be close to each other. A worn or high mileage engine may have pressure as low as, say 125 psi, but if still balanced (close readings), would still run decent. Compression below that, especially below 100 psi, is serious trouble. ignition spark refuses to ignite the air/fuel mixture and you get a misfire-a non-working cylinder. Low compression can be caused by worn piiston rings or poor valve sealing. Low compression in 1 or 2 cylinders can be a valve problem, burned valves or valves not seating properly.
A leak-down test will check each cylinder and if there is a problem, the test will find the cause of the problem.

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Compression check

I would suggest a Cylinder Leak Down Test, will tell you

It will tell you if you have leaking intake valve,exhaust valve,
ring leaking,& maybe cylinder head sealing

You then can follow up with compression ,but why

On either test your just comparing one cyl to the next, as much
as the actual values reached.

There are several electronic test methods used also & require
less time & labor.

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Low compression in cylinder 4

When an engine has a cylinder with low compression it will be caused by a mechanical malfunction, and the reasons for low compression in a cylinder can be a bent or burnt intake or exhaust valve, or a valve that is not closing all the way because of a piece of carbon or an improper valve adjustment, the head gasket could be faulty around the compression sealing rings, or the cylinder head could be warped or even cracked, and the piston for that cylinder could be damaged with a crack or a hole, or the piston rings could be worn out or damaged.

The cause of the low compression can be determined without having to dis-assemble and inspect the engine by a "Compression Leak-Down Test" and a good repair shop or someone with a compression leak-down tester and a good air compressor can perform that test.

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Misfire on #1 cylinder 2004 cavalier.

In order to check correctly, you would have to put the same viscosity of oil in the other 3 cylinders as well for their reading. Have you done a leak down test?

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Timing belt broke changed it engine is missing. could it be

The easiest way to test this is to carry out a compression test. This test will determine if any valves are bent. The test is very easy to carry out. 1.obtain a compression tester. 2. remove all spark plugs. 3. screw tester into spark plug hole. 4. with your foot on the accelarator, crank engine. 5. read the tester reading and write it down. eg. cyl 1 175psi cyl.2 170psi etc. if you have a bent valve one cylinder will be very low compared to the rest.

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