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#1 TennesseeVol OFFLINE  

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Posted February 14, 2011 - 04:29 AM

Guy's I just got a fuel solenoid problem fixed over on mytractorforum.com for my Ford LS45 which is the same as a Toro/Wheelhorse.

My Engine in my tractor is a Kohler Command 16 OHV 1998 model.

A guy looked at my picture and said my engine was very dirty and I should take the blower housing off and clean it up to help with overheating.

I just thought with spring comming this would be a good topic what is the best way to clean your engine or do you even clean your engines at all?

What washing/cleaning products do you use on your mower/tractor/engine?

Do you use a Hose pipe or Pressure washer?

Here is a picture of my engine.It really is dirty and grimy.But my overall machine looks clean.



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Posted February 14, 2011 - 05:09 AM

The engine is dirty but honestly it isn't that dirty. I use a pressure washer on almost everything. Just have to be careful how close you get especially depending on what tip is in the wand. You can get degreaser at the auto parts store to help break it up a little bit. If the engine is buttoned up I just wash it being careful not to direct any water right in the air filter or the exhaust. If the air filter can't be in place due to having the shroud off of the engine you might want to find something to cover the intake on the carb before washing.
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Posted February 14, 2011 - 09:26 PM

I use compressed air first on just about everything I clean. As far as engines go, you don't need to be nearly as careful with air as you do water. The fins on the engine can get pretty clogged up with dust and small debris. Compressed air works good as long as there isn't too much oil or grease matting it together. Plus, I don't own a pressure washer so this is the easiest way that I've found to do it.

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Posted February 14, 2011 - 09:37 PM

I agree with George. That motor is not real bad just looks used. I use a pressure washer also but i leave the motor running when doing it. Don't know why just do.

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Posted February 14, 2011 - 09:52 PM

I usually just get the leaf blower and blast it everywhere while the engine is running and all together, I do this several times throughout the year, seems to get all the dust, grass, leaves off, it's quick and easy to do.

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Posted February 15, 2011 - 06:34 PM

The outside being dirty is no biggie. It's how things look under the shields that truly matters. Take a look under them & see how the cooling fins look. If they are cruddy, I would remove all the shielding & give it a good cleaning. On the fins, I usually just use "Simple Green" or "Awesome Orange". I get the latter at "The Dollar Tree". It loosens the oily crud pretty good. I usually follow with pressure washer, or the water hose at our milk parlor with pure hot water. If using a pressure washer, be sure to set to a wide pattern. A pinpoint might actually damage wiring or other non metal component. I wrap the carb in plastic & tape tight.
Looking at the air filter intake holes, I'd say your inners need cleaning for max cooling.

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Posted February 15, 2011 - 07:01 PM

I use an air compressor as well initially. Water if really dirty with something to break up the grease first.

Nice Ford by the way!

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Posted February 16, 2011 - 06:57 PM

Here is what I use to clean my toys,it is called Pro-Clean.I have been useing it for years on my Dirtbikes.It does a very good job removing dirt oil and grease and gum.It is very safe and not harsh like Simple Green and 409.

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1 Gallon makes 4 gallons of washing solution,so it lasts a long time.A pressure washer is not recommended for using this product,but you could use one. I don't use a pressure washer on my dirtbikes.

It is biodegradable,and does not eat your hands up--Now if I can get a day off work I will clean the engine and take some pics for ya'll to see.Maybe next Monday.

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Posted March 18, 2011 - 09:07 AM

Guy's I just got a fuel solenoid problem fixed over on mytractorforum.com for my Ford LS45 which is the same as a Toro/Wheelhorse.

My Engine in my tractor is a Kohler Command 16 OHV 1998 model.

A guy looked at my picture and said my engine was very dirty and I should take the blower housing off and clean it up to help with overheating.

I just thought with spring comming this would be a good topic what is the best way to clean your engine or do you even clean your engines at all?

What washing/cleaning products do you use on your mower/tractor/engine?

Do you use a Hose pipe or Pressure washer?

Here is a picture of my engine.It really is dirty and grimy.But my overall machine looks clean.



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Here is a picture of the Tractor.

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Sorry for hijacking your post but i have the same tractor and kohler engine

I wonder if you can send me model and serial number for that engine cause i cant find the ones on mine so it is hard for me to find parts.

Thanks

Dan

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Posted March 22, 2011 - 12:22 AM

Dan,
The engine model # is CV16S

and the serial # is 2404513757

You can download the manual directly from just google Kohler engines.

Hope this helps.

Bobby

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Posted March 22, 2011 - 10:10 AM

thank you i will try that

Dan

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Posted March 22, 2011 - 10:22 AM

thank you i will try that

Dan


Dan, WELCOME to GTtalk, Glad to have you here. Nice that you are posting, and nice looking Ford !!

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Posted March 22, 2011 - 10:23 AM

OOPS!! I thought that was your ford, Sorry Tenn., you have a good looking Ford !! LOL

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Posted March 22, 2011 - 01:55 PM

LOL

Mine is the same tractor, so close the same that the seet as a tear at the same place

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Posted March 27, 2011 - 04:44 AM

LOL

Mine is the same tractor, so close the same that the seet as a tear at the same place

Dan


Dan,
Post a picture of yours I would like to see it.

Also have you found what you need? or do you need any more info?

Bobby




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