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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 06-28-2019, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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Ruined my engine!

Of all the people that would not run their engine out of oil it would be me.........but that's exactly what i did yesterday evening! Yep, the motor is fried. It started making a small knocking sound. I shut it down to check the oil.........off the stick! Oh well, I get a full quart of oil and dump about a third bottle........still below the stick!!!!!! Oh no! Dumped the entire quart in......full! How did I do this? It doesn't use much oil at all........it wasn't smoking.....blah, blah,blah. I start to sound like my customers when I say the same thing to them "you ran your engine out of oil". Really guys, I don't know how it consumed so much oil in such a short amount of time. I put a new carb on it about six weeks ago, fresh oil change and filter etc. I've mowed about four times tho. I did not check the oil ......I did not follow my gut on the last two times. I said to myself " it couldn't be very low, I just changed it. Besides it doesn't use much oil at all" Well I was wrong. I should have checked they oil like my gut said too. I was just in a hurry.......... Well guys, don't do what I did. I've been in business now for 36 years and it happened to me. I just ordered a new Briggs engine. The original Kohler wasn't even available! A short block was tho.......Over 500 bucks. I just replaced the carb at $90 my cost because no parts were available for it. The Briggs is around $560 my cost so that's the way I'm doing it. I may have to adapt a thing or two but at least now parts will be available for it. I'm disappointed in Kohler, they haven't been the same since using Chinese engines. Well I say Chinese engines because that's what they look like.
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Aye, thats a bummer MC!!! But its just a $560 reminder that you are still human, we all the same and we make the same mistakes. Some are just more spectacular than others! :-)


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Good lesson for the rest of us. I've gotten lazy when it comes to checking oil on my mowers. Still using an 85 Deere 112L (Kawasaki engine) and a 94 Deere GX75 (also Kawasaki engine).

They run good, don't use oil, but I need to check them more often and make sure that doesn't change!
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that sucks, nothing worse than a screw up that could have been avoided and knowing it
I am surprised more things don;t come with temp gauges, as a simple gauge would show heat building up and allow a person the option to maybe shut it down before doing damage
there even costly to add, but, then I gather, the makers want folks to kill things, so they buy new again>?
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From reading in between the lines , I can tell you never checked the oil before starting up , I bet you do next time ------

this week I got a call from a guy who had a $5K re-maned Yanmar 3 cylinder diesel installed into his Takeuchi 3 years ago , he said it started knocking , found the belly pan got dented up and rubbed a hole in the oil pan , motor only holds 4 quarts , he says he put 3.5 in it when it started knocking , I told him he was about 3/4 of a quart too late
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That sucks but thanks for posting. Gives us all a reminder to check the oil in everything!
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no low oil cut off on that Kohler i take it? lol
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I got my stepson to mow my lawn and within an hour he managed to blow up the rear end, after getting the busted rear end out, I found a dry case. Not a drop of grease or fluid, thankfully I can get a replacement rear end for 50 bucks.
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This thread was helpful to me , I cut grass yesterday and I damn sure checked the oil before cranking up , rode my 450 and checked the engine and rear diff oil , greased all the fittings , even aired up the tires

Yesterday my wife's 4 Rav was making a wicked winding sound , I was having a bit of trouble pin pointing it , took off the belt and the noise went away , narrowed it down to the alternator , this alt has a clutch in it , don't really know how that works , maybe it locks up when needed ----------- putting it back together was a chore , the belt was no fun , wife went shopping yesterday and I got a pack on new under wear , I would have charged someone $300 labor to do that job , so that about $100 a piece draws , oh and I checked all her fluid levels
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no low oil cut off on that Kohler i take it? lol
As some of you recall.... I lucked up on a kohler powered 35 ton hydraulic wood splitter.... 1st kohler power plant I've ever owned ..... I've never had to mess with this engine except oil changes one valve adjustment, (which it really didnt need) , new air filter and updated to an NGK plug, glad you brought this up Mac ....cause I've wandered if this is low oil cut off ?? I didn't get a shop manual with this purchase (coming coon)
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