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kohler m18 power king 1218 ignition coil

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#1 Jim Leversee OFFLINE  

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Posted July 29, 2016 - 04:45 PM

I have a Power King 1218 that for some time has been shutting down after bit gets hot and then won't restart. Now it won't start at all.

I suspect the ignition coil but, rookie that I am, I'm not even sure how I can get to it! I don't want to tear apart the whole tractor if I don't need to. The flywheel seems to be buried under sheet metal. Any suggested approaches?



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Posted July 29, 2016 - 05:15 PM

I don't know your machine but sounds like a failing or now failed condenser.

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Posted July 30, 2016 - 07:51 AM

I agree with probably a condenser.



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Posted July 30, 2016 - 12:56 PM

Hi Jim welcome to the group, I'm not real familiar with your engine but I believe it has an electronic system that Kohler refers to as ignition modules and yes to get to them you'll have to remove the cooling blower tin and on your tractor it may require removing many other parts of the tractor just going by the model 1218 I'm thinking this is what is referred to as a plastic model.


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#5 Jim Leversee OFFLINE  

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Posted July 30, 2016 - 05:57 PM

Thanks for replies. The M18 has an electronic magneto ignition system and no condensers. I was hoping not to have to remove so many "covers" as many of the bolts are pretty rusted, but I guess I'm going to have to suck it up. Once I get to the module, I'll try to test it before buying a new one. I've used an in-line plug tester and see some spark but it doesn't look very strong. The Kohler module runs about $185 (ouch) but I did find an aftermarket on ebay for $50.



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Posted July 30, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Just a thought but have you checked the plug wire also? That may be an easy fix before you dig in.
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