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Re: Cub Cadet 124 Runs Good, Knocks, Then DIES!

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05-24-2013 11:36:30

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I talked to my grandfather this week, and he said that one of his helpers that cuts firewood for him jumped on it and moved it. Said it cranked right up and he was wondering why I had towed it to the shop. Now, how it ran or what it did, I don't know; but he said the guy cranked it right up and moved it.
The owner just called yesterday evening (Thursday) and left a message wanting to know if I was finished looking at it/fixing it, and I need to call him back. I really don't want to bring all of these issues up since the last time he had called I told him I just got it running and it ran good.
What do you guys think?? Just that the carb may need adjusting and it was just overheated? Also, what is a good way to test compression on those old Kohler engines to diagnose them?? I heard they have a compression release, but I don't know. We have been using a gauge like we use on the farmall tractors.

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05-24-2013 21:01:15

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 Re: Cub Cadet 124 Runs Good, Knocks, Then DIES! in reply to RTR, 05-24-2013 11:36:30  
Yes they do have an ACR (Automatic compression release) takes about 300 rpm to get a good reading .

Also did you check the timing ? on the left side of the engine shroud, should be a round hole kinda low right behind point cover.

When hot timing may have changed enough to make it Knock.

There is a mark on the flywheel you can mark with paint, and use timing light .

You change the timing by opening or closing the points

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