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Dad's L110 engine smokes badly

9249 Views 9 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  Walt 2002
My dad bought an L110 back in 2004 from the big orange box store. He uses it for mowing his 1 acre property, and occassionally he mows a yard for a vacationing friend or someone in need. Like all of his motorized vehicles, he babies it fairly well, keeping it in the shop and checking the oil before every mowing.

This season, the Kohler 17.5 engine began smoking upon cranking and whenever the engine goes under strain. He has only 166 hours on it.

He talked to a repair shop (the nearest JD Dealer is nearly 60 miles from him) and they said it is probably a broken ring. He called the JD dealership to find out what the repair for such a malady would cost, and they told him a rebuild of the engine would run $650. That's 1/3 of what the tractor cost.

He's mad because he bought that tractor to step UP from the B&S engine of the L100.

I have seen mixed reactions to the Kohler Command series, and it looks like he's been bitten. :Disgus:

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I'd get that head gasket checked out. Before he gives up might as well pull the head off. Broken rings I don't believe would smoke lightly, compression would be an issue as well as power and your oil consumption would go up. Is this one of the Kohlers with or without the adjustable valves? Whats the oil level like? Full, burning oil? What color is the smoke? Head gaskets aren't that bad to change, a little more work than on the briggs, but not terrible.
Also, you can grab a craftsman or scotts with one of these engines used fairly cheap, they are good engines, run quiet
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