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Bolens Power Ho Runs Great!! BUT LEAKS ALOT OF OIL!!!!


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#1 Nascar3244888 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 16, 2011 - 08:08 PM

Having Problems with the old Power Ho. Probably shouldnt leave it sitting so long but I decided to change the carb with one of another Power Ho engine that I had since I had already gone threw 2 others with no luck of it ever getting it to do anything but idle. After screwing around with it for a couple hours I sat down and was just feathering the throttle and all of the sudden it started leaky a bunch of oil and it started running great and I have the video to go along with this post. This thing has never ran so good before, its almost amazing, that one minute its not wanting to tev up without dieing to running great! Bad news is though is the fact it is leaking bad. What would cause this to happen? I was thinking maybe the Breather wasnt allowing pressure release from the cylinder? It seems like thats where all the oil is coming from( the breather) it would leak some before but now it REALLY LEAKS!! I need a full gasket set and if I cant get that I need atleast the crank seals and the rest I can make with rtv. HELP!!!!! Heres the Vid. Engine is a Briggs Model 8 Type 107076 Serial 517767


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Posted July 17, 2011 - 06:26 AM

I have a couple thoughts on this. Are you sure it wasn't overfull on oil? The next would be a problem in the breather. Either case would make it not run right. How is the compression? Does it have a lot of blow by?

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Posted July 17, 2011 - 07:33 AM

I have a couple thoughts on this. Are you sure it wasn't overfull on oil? The next would be a problem in the breather. Either case would make it not run right. How is the compression? Does it have a lot of blow by?


Cant overfill i dont think because its one of those ones where you just fill it till it reaches almost the top of where the oil check knob screws into the block, Compression is great and as far as blowby its hard to say because it doesnt have a tube coming out of it where you could see oil or something its just a hole at the end, I can say that no oil comes out there because it would get all over the versamatic drive and theres none there, but maybe if the breather is bad thats why none does come out???

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Posted July 18, 2011 - 02:41 PM

Thanks to Rays Mower Shop Today they actually had the crank seals and headgasket for this thing in stock...Thanks Bob(bhts) for the prices on the seals and gasket set too, I still may need the gasket set if the black rtv doesnt work...Hopefully will be making a video series on this thing once the temps cool down some....

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Posted July 18, 2011 - 05:10 PM

Glad to hear you were able to get what you needed.

Keep us updated

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Posted July 18, 2011 - 06:56 PM

Think of it this way, lots of things on there won't need lube for a while. Hope all goes well on the 'gusher'.

Edited by KennyP, July 18, 2011 - 07:08 PM.


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Posted July 19, 2011 - 02:32 PM

Well got home early from work, so after taking all the scrap I had to the scrap yard I decided that I was going to start tearing into the power ho's engine. I took some pics along the way to show my progress. I got both seals replaced and i was also able to rtv all the areas that normally would get gaskets. All thats left is that I need to tighten all the bolts that I left just snug so that the rtv can cure and also I need to clean the top of the pistons and valves before I put the new head gasket on and the head itself. I was thinking about repainting it but I might not at leave it in "Orignial" condition, however, if I choose to repaint it, is it true that the colors are john deere green and yellow???? Well Here the Pics Hope You Enjoy Them!!!

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Posted July 19, 2011 - 06:51 PM

Thanks for the pics!

The green and yellow are not JD colors.
I think either Ray or Jerome will be able to tell you what color they used on their ridemasters
I think the ridemaster's had a slightly darker shade of green, but it should be close.

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Posted July 23, 2011 - 07:14 PM

Got the Power Ho all back together and it works beautifully!!! Both crank seals were replaced as well as the head gasket. She fired up on the first pull and after a slight jet ajustment on the carb it ran great!! Took a vid today should have it up sometime this weekend!!! IM SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted July 23, 2011 - 09:01 PM

Not sure how i missed this.But glad it is running and will be waiting on the video.

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Posted July 23, 2011 - 09:37 PM

Glad to hear its back up and running! :dancingbanana:

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Posted July 23, 2011 - 10:36 PM

Im happy for you :) good job!!!!!!!!!

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Posted July 24, 2011 - 03:21 PM



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Posted July 24, 2011 - 06:47 PM

Sounds good
Thanks for the video :thumbs:




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