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#1 bessy61 OFFLINE  

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Posted May 28, 2016 - 05:24 PM

Engine installed to a garden tractor and starts right up but spits white smoke and oil from exhaust. I've been running the engine daily for 5-10 min for the past two weeks with seafoam in the fuel and oil. It now has fresh oil. The engine still spits smoke. Thinking about transporting to the acreage to run it. Any concerns I should be aware of?

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Posted May 28, 2016 - 07:15 PM

concerns? better order a set of rings

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Posted May 28, 2016 - 07:27 PM

I was told by running seafoam may loosen the rings. I'll have to read up on how challenging replacing rings may be. Thanks for your input!

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Posted May 28, 2016 - 07:40 PM

If you plan on working to motor carry some oil with you, I say it sounds like its time for a ring / valve job

 

 

 

It wont hurt anything smoking you just have to watch your oil level very closely especially if heavy smoke



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Posted May 28, 2016 - 08:27 PM

Yup mechanic in a bottle concoctions might free up rings if they are stuck but if they are worn out then these liquid "fixes" will do nothing for the engine.

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Posted May 29, 2016 - 06:09 PM

Drove the tractor for the first time since I've had it. Everything works as it should. Engine still spits oil and smoke. Time to shop for a rebuild kit for the engine.

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Posted May 30, 2016 - 07:24 AM

When the time comes I can help you with parts, stay away from the china rebuild kits on ebay, while they are dirt cheap they come from straight from the docks of china and are not even sold to any dealers here in the US


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Posted May 31, 2016 - 02:48 PM

Breather within valve cover clogged or assembled wrongly?? That would cause the problem too

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Posted June 02, 2016 - 09:08 PM

With the engine running mid to high throttle theres a slight knock from the engine. When i pulled the head the piston was found to have some slight movement. Will need to look deeper: crankshaft/bearing

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Posted June 30, 2016 - 06:57 PM

Well, found that the engine needs new valves, rings and piston. Time to drop some coin in to it and get this running like it should
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Posted July 19, 2016 - 04:57 PM

Phase one complete. New parts installed in the engine. Phase two, re-install engine and connections and see if the old girl will come to life. Stay tuned...
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Posted July 19, 2016 - 05:15 PM

How about the rod?



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Posted July 25, 2016 - 08:06 PM

Soooo got the engine fired up. The engine has a knock coming from the flywheel side. With engine off, the flywheel has some wiggle. Could this be causing the noise while running at specific rpms. Sorry for the ?'s, but I'm not familiar with the internals of an engine.




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