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#1 Denny in N.H. OFFLINE  

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Posted November 19, 2017 - 09:30 AM

I have a 2001 wheel horse 314-8 that is not starting. I have insured the battery is fully charged,and have installed a new starter solenoid. Now there is power through to the starter,and it seems to engage the flywheel and starts to turn,but stops before a full revolution is achieved.I f I turn the key to try starting again,nothing happens. It seems like I have power delivered to the starter,so I think that the ignition system is ok. The motor is a kohler CH14s. Can someone help with this problem as I don't know how to proceed.



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Posted November 19, 2017 - 10:06 AM

When you say the 2nd attempt does nothing, it does still engage the flywheel, but doesn't turn engine further?  It sounds like your valves are out of adjustment and the auto compression release cannot work, thus stopping the starter due to high compression.  


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Posted November 19, 2017 - 10:08 AM

Have you removed the plug and tried


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Posted November 19, 2017 - 10:11 AM

Have you removed the plug and tried

Good idea there, plus one time with an Onan twin I had the same issue.  It had been sitting for some time, and ended up thick carbon deposits had fallen off the head and formed a "piston chock" ...for lack of a better term.


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Posted November 19, 2017 - 10:21 AM

i had one that carb leaked and flooded cylinder


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Posted November 19, 2017 - 10:33 AM

i had one that carb leaked and flooded cylinder

 Denny, if you take the spark plug out to test spin, just in case there is a flooded fuel issue, kill the spark to prevent a possible fire situation!


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Posted November 19, 2017 - 12:02 PM

Thanks to all who have responded ! I have not tried to remove the spark plug but will give it a try,and also I had previously read a post on the possibility of the valves being out of adjustment,and building compression, but I have turned the flywheel by hand and the engine cycled ok it seemed to me. I will check the vales with a feeler gauge for the proper tolerance. Thank's.  Denny in N.H.


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Posted November 19, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Have you checked the gear lash on the starter gear? I installed a starter one time that meshed to tightly with the ring gear, so I had to shim the starter.


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