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#1 Dspangler ONLINE  

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Posted October 20, 2017 - 09:32 PM

Just picked up my very first John Deere. A 316 with a snow plow (not original, but has hydraulic lift/lower), and a 46” mower deck. Upon inspection, I noticed they took off the lift cylinder under the gas tank, and attached it to the front.. if I purchase another cylinder to replace the one missing under the tank, would it work with the front cylinder still plugged into the system? Or would they both move?
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Posted October 20, 2017 - 10:26 PM

You can put a valve in to switch to the cylinder you want to use.
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Posted October 21, 2017 - 07:42 AM

Which 316?  Early 316/300 has two circuits with one driving the deck lift and one set of front remotes with the other set driving the other set of front remotes.  The late 316 has one driving the deck lift and one set of front remotes.  There are lock-out kits available for both versions from http://www.auxhyd.com



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Posted October 21, 2017 - 08:25 AM

This is a 1987 model.

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Posted October 22, 2017 - 07:51 AM

This is a 1987 model.

Late one So a lock-out might be the easiest thing to do.



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Posted October 23, 2017 - 06:01 PM

After changing the oil/filter, spark plugs, fuel filter, and replacing the old gas with fresh gas with some seafoam in it, the engine is running much better than when I originally got it. Question though, upon inspection of the engine, the model is a 216G. Is this a good version of the onan 16? Or should I be looking for problem areas? Again, please bare with me as this is my first JD. I’m usually more fluent in briggs single cylinders.

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Posted October 23, 2017 - 06:03 PM

That sounds like a P216, a newer version Onan!


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Posted October 23, 2017 - 06:07 PM

The guy I bought it off of said his uncle replaced it at some point. His uncle claims he started it one day, it puffed a small amount of black smoke for about 2 seconds. So, he replaced it! I didn’t get any paperwork on the replacement, but it does run pretty well. Does anyone know if this engine has points or if it’s electronic ignition?

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Posted October 23, 2017 - 06:11 PM

Also, a friend of mine who has the same tractor swears by running ethanol killer in the gas. Is this a good idea? I guess it’s to help keep the engine from burning up?

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Posted October 23, 2017 - 06:20 PM

P series Onan's have electronic ignition, the older B series used points. The biggest thing with Onan's is make sure you keep then clean, to much stuff built up on the cooling fins cause valve seats to loosen and other issues.


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Posted October 23, 2017 - 06:23 PM

Ok. I’ve had the side covers off and it didn’t look too bad. I don’t know how much I’ll be mowing with it in the future, but for now it’s strickly on joyride/snow plow duty.

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Posted October 23, 2017 - 09:14 PM

How do I tell what year the engine is?

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Posted October 24, 2017 - 08:07 AM

How do I tell what year the engine is?

Usually the engine serial # gives a date code.


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Posted October 31, 2017 - 08:50 AM

Usually the engine serial # gives a date code.


After closer inspection, the engine was built in Feb of ‘99. I wish there was a way to determine the hours on the motor. The hour meter shows 2224. There could be less than 500 hours on the motor for all I know! 😁😁




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