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Dad's L110 engine smokes badly

9235 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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he can buy a used or rebuilt engine to replace it cheaper than that. it don't necessarily have to be a kohler that goes back in. i would also recommend calling a mom and pop small engine repair place, they will be cheaper than the dealer usually.
Agreed, but the failure of an engine after only 166 hours is completely unreasonable. If the Kohler Command series is as bad as I keep hearing they are, why isn't there a class action lawsuit against Kohler in the works?

Considering the recent threads comparing X-series to the LA series, plenty of people are willing to state that with light duty use, the budget JD tractors should last longer than 5 years!

My dad is totally AR about maintenance. He gets the oil changed in his car if it hits 3,000 miles while he is on vacation. He has pampered this LT, and it just gave up on him.

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