The 27hp Kohler command in my 2004 craftsman DGT6000 blew a head gasket. I plan on changing it myself. The whole process seems pretty straight forward, the only question I have is how do I adjust the valves when i put it back together
I have replaced 3 of these on the 25 hp units - it is not too difficult. It actually takes longer to take off all the shrouding and actually get to the parts so you can replace it.
A couple of tricks I found when working on the 25hp units that may also apply to the 27hp unit is:
1) Buy the head gasket kit that comes with both exhaust gasket and new headbolts. You should never re-use headbolts
2) There is probably very little room to take the bolts holding the exhaust tube off - I found that if you just loosen then you can swing the whole head out after you take off the headbolts so you can access it. You can do the reverse when re-assembling.
3) Carb cleaner works great to get some of the soot and burned on oil off. Put the piston at top when cleaning it. After re-assembly rotate the crank by hand for a few revs to spread a little oil and start the engine. Make sure you replace the oil after a few minutes running as I don't think the carb cleaner in the oil is good.
4) I did not use a spanner wrench as listed in the repair manual. I installed the rocker arms over the pushrods and torqued down with the valves seated. This seemed to work fine for the 3 I replaced (it was on 3 different tractors).
head gaskets are like headlights on your car/truck-if you change one headlight...the other usually goes soon after. MURPHYS LAW! Get the kit and do both since it will at least let you look at both cylinders and the heads.
I don't want to appear like I am disagreeing with craigbaill but when I replaced mine I did only the bad one and it ran 4 years with now problems when I sold it.
That being said it was the 25 hp which is notorious for blowing the right hand head gasket. Then again when I did my first one I was a novice at small engines and didn't want to touch stuff I didn't need to.
Can you let us know if it is the right or left one when sitting on the tractor ?
Just wondering if Kohler improved on the issue since mine from 2003 had the problem.
All the ones I fixed were also on the right hand side - it is a design issue from Kohler around the 2003 timeframe although they never admitted that.
It is the right hand cylinder while sitting on the tractor. Thanks th MY FYN i now have the manual. I also just bought an inch lb. torque wrench. Th torque wrench i had started at 20 ft. lbs. I'm still on the fence about changing both or just the bad one.
Just got done changing both head gaskets. Parts were $52. for both kits. Job was pretty straight forward. Taking off and putting back the carb and linkages proved to be the hardest part. I was very careful to mark where the little springs and rods on the carb connected.