Recently picked up a Bolens GT2000 - seems in really nice condition, the issue's I see on it are that the steering is a little sloppy and the engine seems to lack power and surges on it's own. So far I put new plugs in it and a fuel filter, changed the oil - filled with premium ethonol with Seafoam added - none of that changed to much. The old plugs looked that perfect carmel you want them to look like when I pulled them, she might puff smoke on startup on occasion or when gunning it and it never seems to idle as fast as it could when set to full throttle...
I am hoping it does not need a rebuild or repower (I called a couple local places here in SE WISC and they don't work on older ones other than tune up stuff) and I have yet to find a replacement motor in case that's what it would need - but I am hoping maybe some of you fine folks can offer me some other thing to try - I have limited mechanical ability, I can do things like changing plugs, brakes - stuff like that - I would be comfortable swapping the motor as long as the replacement did not need modification as I do not have machining tools, I have rebuilt a top end of an ATV but that was pretty easy with no timing stuff to mess with.
So I guess I am asking a few questions.
1. Any suggestions to tighten up the steering?
2. Any suggestions to try to fix the surging / lack of power it is having that I have not tried yet?
3. Anywhere to get it rebuilt if needed? I looked online and the usual places do not offer a direct swap motor.
4. Other options?
It has a real nice loader on it so I am hoping to get this worked out as I think it will be a great little tractor for me.
Any and all help greatly appreciated,