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Dad's L110 engine smokes badly

9246 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.
not good. i would be a lot ticked myself. but then again it is a 5 year old, maybe 5.5-6 season depending on when bought, and well out of warranty. i agree that 166 hours is WAY early for a failure, but honestly sometimes it goes that way. i would be trying to get someone from Kohler on the phone to see if there is anyway in heck they will at least help out. you never know until you ask!
if the kohler rep said that, i would take it to the dealer and get a deere rep involved. they should cover it for you, especially if kohler put that in writing.
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