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John Deere LT160 Kohler

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Jim in Britton, MI

07-24-2011 15:04:14

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I have a JD LT160 Kohler 16 hp with 800 hours. it started popping and the exhaust was so hot it burnt the front tire. It has no power. I pulled the head looking for something obvious. The exhaust valve is a sandy brown color and everything else is blackened. Any ideas of what to look for?

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Jim in Britton, MI

07-24-2011 17:56:39

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 Re: John Deere LT160 Kohler in reply to Jim in Britton, MI, 07-24-2011 15:04:14  
Thanks fellas!!! I sure appreciate the quick help. It was the key, sheared to the point were it didn't completely let go but enough to mess up the timing. Thanks again Jim

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joe csuti

07-24-2011 16:17:47

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 Re: John Deere LT160 Kohler in reply to Jim in Britton, MI, 07-24-2011 15:04:14  
Check for grass,leaves or mouse nest in flywheel & cooling fins causeing eng to overheat,also check driven loads(mower deck bearings,trans)that may be overloading eng & causeing overheating,other things to check,flywheel key,may be bent/sheared & changeing ign timing,dirt/water in carb bowl & internal passages causeing eng to run too lean or a worn intake valve guide,scored cyl wall/rings & compression low or head gasket may have been leaking causeing low compression,if you can't find anything wrong in carb & looking over eng,install a new head gasket & do a leakdown test on eng,this may showup wear problems you can't see.If you need a service/repair manual for eng goto link below & see if manual avail as a free download.

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07-24-2011 15:53:46

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 Re: John Deere LT160 Kohler in reply to Jim in Britton, MI, 07-24-2011 15:04:14  
Late ignition timing, possible partially sheared flywheel key IF ignition timing on this model is based on flywheel position.

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