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#1 zr600 OFFLINE  



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Posted November 16, 2011 - 05:42 PM

I have a 300jd gt that has a 317 series I kohler in it. I went to start it today the first time ever since i have owned it in cold weather. Well it didn't start. It just started last friday but it was also about 50 degrees out were today it was only like 20. I was just wondering how and were the points are? I thinking i should proably just replace them and what about the condensor? I looked in the kohler manuals and didn't see any pictures. Any help would be great too. ALso what do you guys use for oil in the cold weather?

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Posted November 16, 2011 - 07:00 PM

I would first take the air filter covers off & check to see that your choke is closing completely. If the cable isn't adjusted to close it all the way, then you won't get her to start in cold weather.
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Posted November 17, 2011 - 10:42 AM

FWIW - Even in the coldest of winter last year (-20 F/ -29 C) the old 110 k181 would fire on the first try. Between the new battery and getting the carb adjusted right I needed to remove all choke after 30 seconds of run time.

Me likes the sound of k181s on a quiet, cold morning.

As for oil, in the 110 I used 10w30 IIRC. The k301 in the 120 got Napa 15w50 full synthetic gets fall and winter work per the suggestion of the local small engine guru.

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Posted November 17, 2011 - 11:54 AM

usually any manual will tell u whats recomended as far as oil & when. i use SAE30 in the summer & 10W30 in winter for just about all my GT's. works great & i live right next to lake Ontario wher it gets very cold! lol. i get it all @ Tractor Supply & its pretty cheap. pretty much any1 carries it i just like their brand. tip: fuel stabilizer in cold weather never hurts!!