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Old 03-03-2011, 12:33 AM   post #1 of 9
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I was using my MF14 and pulled up to the house when it suddenly revved up and died. Tried to restart it but no go. Anyone have any ideas so I don't go around chasing my tail? Think I'll get a head gasket, points and plug, decarbonize it, and install points and plug. What else?????

On another note, GET READY FOR SPRING!! The last 3 days I've heard geese flying over headed north and the peach and plum trees are in bloom.

Oops, I meant to put this in the MF section.
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:48 AM   post #2 of 9
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ran out of fuel, leaned out and revved up just before running out competely?
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:56 AM   post #3 of 9
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I'd agree with Steevo... fuel issue...
had something similar happen on a Sears Suburban once... found it was rotted fuel line dropping rubber bits into the carb bowl and plugging things up.. it would start a few minutes later and run for 3 or 4 minutes then die again...
clean out the carb and replace your fuel lines... add a fuel filter if you don't already have one...
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:30 AM   post #4 of 9
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Mine died suddenly yesterday. Thought was out of fuel, added some. Crank, crank, crank, crank. After a while opened hood to look, finally saw the plug wire had fallen out of the coil. Spread prongs,put back on. Took a while to start, as I had flooded it pretty good.

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Old 03-12-2011, 11:43 PM   post #5 of 9
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Yep, first thing to check is fuel. Next,did it rev WAAAAAAY up or just increase rpm's a bit and die? If it Revved WAAAAY up before it died the governor may have broken. Then its time for an engine manual and teardown tools.
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Yep, it revved way up, beyond the little rev like when you run out of fuel. I've been busy putting in the garden and plowing the fall garden along with honeydo projects but hope to get into it soon. I did check for spark and try shooting a little starting fluid in the carb to no avail.
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Old 03-13-2011, 05:21 PM   post #7 of 9
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Yep, first thing to check is fuel. Next,did it rev WAAAAAAY up or just increase rpm's a bit and die? If it Revved WAAAAY up before it died the governor may have broken. Then its time for an engine manual and teardown tools.
Well, at least it didn't throw a rod!

It's a good time to remove the balance shaft (known to fail on occasion and sometimes the weights swiss cheese the block), and have the crankshaft balanced if it's torn down that far. Look into some pulling sites/threads/internet search it to find out the exact details for your engine.
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If you remove the balance shaft and gears, do you have to get the crank balanced?
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:42 PM   post #9 of 9
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If you remove the balance shaft and gears, do you have to get the crank balanced?
I think so, especially if you're rebuilding it anyway. If you just want to remove the balancers without disassembly (possible with the 12hp Kohlers) then I think it's okay to leave the engine otherwise alone, providing it's not used for tractor pulling.

See the link below for more information... scroll down a little bit, to the part about the 'dynamic balance system' and start there.
balancing the rotating assembly

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