16 hp kohler won't start

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Old 04-22-06, 12:42 PM
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16 hp kohler won't start

I have a 16 hp Kohler ohv that will not start. It is getting spark and gas. I can pour a little gas in the carb and it will fire but won't start. I have replaced the head gasket because I thought it might have been bad. Everything looked good inside. (Looks can be deceiving) I have not performed a compression test. I also replaced the flywheel because the magnets on the inside came loose and were just rattling around. Should I keep putting money in it? Junk it? Take it to a professional? Thanks for all replies.

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Old 04-23-06, 08:46 AM
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When you replaced the head gasket, did you adjust the valve clearance to spec? Also did you torque the flywheel nut? Make sure the loose magnets didn't damage anything inside, & the flywheel key is in good shape.
 
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Old 04-23-06, 02:50 PM
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I did not adjust the valve clearance. I did torque the flywheel. The magnets did not do any damage and the flywheel key was fine. I'm going to run a compression test as soon as I can get my hands on a tester. I had a small engine mechanic tell me that it might need a valve job but I will adjust the valve clearance first to see if that works. Thanks for the help!
 
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Old 04-23-06, 06:18 PM
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I bet if everything in the flywheel is O.K. you"ll find the valves too tight
 
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