I have a '96 Sears garden tractor with an 18HP Kohler MV18 engine in it, vertical shaft.
It started and ran 3 weeks ago, when I went to use it last weekend it would not starting.
Engine turns over but never starts, gave it a shot of ether, it starts but does not stay running.
With all the trying to start I never smelled any fuel. Opened the fuel line before the filter good flow, after the filter pretty good to but to be sure I changed the filter still will not start.
Today I pulled all the covers off the motor, took the fuel line loose from the carb and turned the engine over for a good amount of time, never got any fuel out of the fuel line.
This to me points to the fuel pump.
Is there any other test I could do to verify the fuel pump is the problem.
Pump is $80 buck, hate to spend the money and have it not be the problem.
Also has anyone been successful with using an electric fuel pump on this engine.