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Kohler KT17 valves

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10-21-2018 17:28:39

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I have a Wheel Horse C175 tractor, with a KT 17 engine. It started throwing gas up through the carb, and running on one cylinder. I pulled the head on the cylinder with no compression, and found the intake valve standing open. It was not hooked to the spring anymore. I opened the valve keeper hatch, and found the keeper broken, and laying down in the galley bottom. I still have to find new keepers, and figure how in heavens name, How I am going to put it on, in that limited space. I think I can compress the spring and put 2 zip ties around it, but have no idea of how to get the keeper on. anyone tell me how you do it?

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Russ from MN

10-29-2018 05:49:13

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 Re: Kohler KT17 valves in reply to Ralphwd45, 10-21-2018 17:28:39  
I made this valve spring compressor many years ago when working on a Briggs, something like it might work.
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Mule Meat

10-23-2018 13:37:44

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 Re: Kohler KT17 valves in reply to Ralphwd45, 10-21-2018 17:28:39  
Try cinding a Briggs valve spring compressor. They do not cost much.

You put the keeper and spring in the tool together and then compress the spring. The compressor was made to fit easily into the small space on equipment engines.

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10-21-2018 19:04:23

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 Re: Kohler KT17 valves in reply to Ralphwd45, 10-21-2018 17:28:39  
Use a valve spring compressor, grease the valve spring keepers to stick to the valve stem and release spring compressor.
I have used flat tip screw drivers to compress the valve springs.

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10-21-2018 22:44:39

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 Re: Kohler KT17 valves in reply to BRIAN DAN, 10-21-2018 19:04:23  
Thanks Brian, I will try the heavy grease,( good idea)!

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