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12-09-2004 15:29:23

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Hey fellas, went to use my power washer sunday to clean the mess up from gettin the 9n stuck out in the creek the nite before (lol another story there.. ) Anyway, I went to check the oil b4 starting it like i normally do and a mixture of oil and gas really came gushing out. Tank is higer than carb, carb is higner than the oil dippy thingy... Well to cut to the chase i suspect the float just stuck. Plan to just use the shut off valve from now on like i do on the N. After changing the oil two times now I still have some foaming goin on after a few pulls on the starter (switch off and gas line off).

My Question is:

Should i just take it to the dealer or change the oil again?

The engine has not been run this way but could the gas have caused any serious damage?

Any other comments/concerns?

the engine is a 6HP Kohler with maybe 50 hours (New but past warranty) of use on it.

Thanx in advance... Tim

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12-09-2004 20:50:44

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 Re: OT Power Washer in reply to Tmac, 12-09-2004 15:29:23  
I just sold a spare lawnmower that had a B/s engine in it. Thing got a sticky carb every year. I've been good about draining it.. so it has stuck with the float down and gas 'off' that last two times. But the first time it stuck with the float up and 'open' and gave me a real clean crankcase via a gallon of gas setting in there.

I drained the oil and left it tipped over. I ran some mmo into the plug hole and turned it over by hand with some 'sacrifical oil in the crankcase to establish a new oil coat on the parts. Drain it again.. added real oil and a new plug.

Carb was a 3 bolt job.. rebuild in your lap. Just a sticky float needle. A can of carb cleaner and a qtip should do it for most small engine carbs. If you are getting gas in the oil, I'd pull the bowl and check the float/needle.. I'l lbut it is stuck like a rock. Hit it with carb cleaner and get it ungummed and fixed right.. and then still use the fuel petcock, and a fuel stabilizer like stabil.


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12-09-2004 15:54:46

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 Re: OT Power Washer in reply to Tmac, 12-09-2004 15:29:23  
TMAC: I managed one of the largest rental car fleets in the country for about 20 years and I've seen just about anything that can happen to an engine - submerged in fresh water, submerged in salt water, tranny fluid instead of motor oil, crankcase filled with gas or diesel, etc.

Were you able to get ALL of the gas/oil mixture out of the crankcase? Also, does this Kohler engine have an oil filter? If it were mine, I'd make sure that I could drain everything out of the crankacse and put in fresh oil & a new oil filter if it has one and run it for a while until it gets warmed up; switch it off and change the oil again. After that, I'd check the oil level and watch the oil consumption every time before I cranked it for a while. If the engine was not run with the oil/fuel mixture, I doubt if any damage has been done. Good luck with it. GA Jim

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