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#1 AllisKidD21 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 20, 2016 - 07:57 PM

I have a Bolens Versamatic with a Kohler K160 that I got running a few years ago. But last year when I pulled it out of the shed, it wouldn't even try and fire. I've tried all the things I could think of. I took the points apart and cleaned the contacts, gapped them to 0.020, cleaned out the carb, tried different spark plugs in it, cleaned up the ignition system, re- sealed the head gasket,etc. I can get it to pop once or twice on occasion but can't get it to stay running. I would really appreciate some advice. Thanks in advance.

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Posted June 20, 2016 - 08:00 PM

Do you have a valve stuck open?


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Posted June 20, 2016 - 08:22 PM

I don't think so. When I had the head off, both valves where moving when I spun the flywheel, and the timing was also correct. Which is good, but it still wouldn't run,haha!

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Posted June 20, 2016 - 08:38 PM

How strong is the spark?  Is that a magneto design?



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Posted June 20, 2016 - 08:41 PM

Try changing the condenser. They will do that when they go bad
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Posted June 20, 2016 - 08:46 PM

It uses one of those Bendix magneto coils with points and a condensor. The coil was fairly rough when I bought the tractor, but I was able to make it work by coating it in liquid electrical tape. The spark is fairly good, enough to fire the engine, I think.

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Posted June 20, 2016 - 08:49 PM

I thought about the condenser being a possibility, I'm just not sure where to get one that will work on that motor.

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Posted June 20, 2016 - 11:41 PM

Download the engine manual from our Manuals Section and follow the troubleshooting guide. A good spark in normal atmosphere may not work in a compressed gas. I have an old B&S tool that creates a pressure to test the plug in. Check your grounds too. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted June 21, 2016 - 08:14 AM

I would check your Condenser and ignition coil again, these bendix have started to fail the last 3-4 years it seems as I have been getting alot of requests for coils on them

 

 

If you need anything send me a PM I have all the parts instock for this engine's ignition system


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Posted June 21, 2016 - 08:46 AM

I have an old B&S tool that creates a pressure to test the plug in.

 

Any chance you can post a pic of it, Rick ?


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Posted June 21, 2016 - 09:19 AM

Any chance you can post a pic of it, Rick ?

I'll try to find it today. It is a neat little clear plastic tube set. It is shown in the B&S Repairmans' Manual. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted June 21, 2016 - 08:35 PM

Any chance you can post a pic of it, Rick ?

I did some digging and found it, still in its original box. Eleven years ago I bought out the leftover stock from a local Bolens dealer. He had sold the modern stuff and nobody wanted the old stuff. Since I did such a nice job cleaning up his shop he threw in a bunch of manuals and dealer tools. I hope that my pics are clear.

 

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The last pic shows the pressure pumped up. A really slick little tool. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 05, 2016 - 11:37 AM

Thanks to everyone for the advice, I'm going to go buy a new condenser and see what happens. I'll keep you all posted!

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Posted July 16, 2016 - 09:12 PM

Well, I purchased and installed a new condenser on the the ol' Kohler. It worked somewhat for a little while, but she is back to having no spark at all. I suspect the coil is bad, but I think a new one is around $80(OUCH!) Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted July 16, 2016 - 09:15 PM

I have them in stock if needed seems like alot are kicking the bucket these past couple years

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