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Re: John Deere 345 starting issue
Congrats on the purchase. Very nice machine. Looks to be in great condition.
I just purchased a 1998 345 from a dealer 2 hours away. Only has 627 hours on it and is in great condition as well. I will post pictures in a new thread later.
The dealer said they fixed a surging issue and the price was right, so I bought it.
As soon as I got it home off the trailer and rode around the house, it began to stall and flood out the engine. I called the salesman to tell him what happened and was told that they never did anything to it. I said "what about the surging problem?" He said they never found anything wrong with it and never did do anything to it. I said that is what the previous owner was telling you was wrong with it and was why he traded it in for a new tractor. I ended up working out a deal to get him to refund some of the $$ or I would be returning it. So he did.
Fast forward 2 weeks later, I replaced the carb and even with a new carb it still was flooding out.
After more youtube videos and online research I adjusted the high speed choke screw adjustment and all seems to be working properly now. It was choking when the throttle was set to the highest engine speed position without being in the choke position. Not 100% confident yet, but time will tell. Mowed the entire 1.6 acres with no issues today. Fingers crossed.
Not sure if that is your issue, but something to consider. I'm sure that is one of the reasons that they redesigned the throttle/choke levers to be separate.
2004 X485 (4/15) 25hp Kawasaki, 62" deck, 45 Loader, Front-mount de-thatcher.
2005 GX345 (11/09 124hrs) 20hp V-twin liquid cooled Kawasaki, 54" deck, Differential lock, Femco Cab Weather Enclosure, 42" snowblower, Electric Spout Rotation Kit.
1998 345 (08/19 627hrs) 18hp V-twin liquid cooled Kawasaki, 54" deck.
2001 345 20hp V-twin liquid cooled Kawasaki, 54" deck
1998 GT275 17hp Kawasaki, 48" deck, Cab Enclosure, 38" Snowthrower, Manual Spout Kit
1997 LX188 17hp Kawasaki, 48" deck
Last edited by gt275; 09-01-2019 at 09:22 PM.