Bolens Ride-A-Matic Kohler carb problems.
Posted March 11, 2011 - 05:56 PM
I cleaned the float needle and seat a couple of times and ordered a new gasket kit with bowl gasket and new needle and seat. Got it all replaced this past weekend and thinking we got it fixed, turned the gas on and no leaks. Thought great, and tried starting it. It wouldn't fire and then here comes the gas out of the intake again. So I ordered a new float for it as I don't know what else it could be. I am going to possibly work on it tonight but it might not be until Sunday.
Posted March 11, 2011 - 06:07 PM
Did you adjust the new needle valve after you put it back on?
Posted March 11, 2011 - 06:59 PM
Posted March 11, 2011 - 08:37 PM
Posted March 11, 2011 - 08:50 PM
You might want to check the old float height before you remove it for replacement. Just in case that was the problem.
Posted March 13, 2011 - 09:26 AM
I put the old needle back in as it was in good shape and sure enough the float height was perfect with a little tweaking of the tab. Put it all back together and turned the gas on and no leak. It fired off on one pull and still no leak. I think we are in business now. That K161 idles so nice. It does have a little white smoke to it when you rev it but for a 50+ year old engine I can live with that.
Posted March 13, 2011 - 09:39 AM
Posted March 13, 2011 - 12:22 PM
Posted March 13, 2011 - 05:58 PM
Also, the needle can be off, side to side, and hanging up on something in the float bowl. Make sure it swings freely in the bowl.