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Hey guys, I've got a 1980 John Deere 214 Lawn and Garden tractor with a Kohler 321 engine. I've been using this mower since I was a kid. It still starts and runs flawlessly. The only problem I have is that once the engine gets hot, if you turn the blades off (reducing the load) the engine starts over revving and the throttle bar is rendered useless. All throttle links and everything appear fine. I called my local John Deere guy and he said the governor was worn out and would need to be replaced. That would make sense based on its behavior. Unfortunately this entails taking the engine off the mower and basically taking it down the the crankcase. He said if he would recommend replacing the rings at the sime time. I have 2 questions:
1-Is there any alternate fix for this as opposed to taking the engine all the way down?
2-If not, what would you rate the difficulty attempting this work myself. I would characterize myself as mechanically inclined. I have almost all tools necessary and I would have plenty of time to do it The catcher is I've never taken down a small engine and I don't want to bit off more than I can chew. Let me know what you think!
 

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Thanks for the info guys. I'm hoping I can find a alternate fix because it does seem a shame to do all of that work if governor is the only thing not working. I can still mow with it until the season is over and this winter I'll decide if I'm going to take it apart or not. I do have the technical manual as a guide so that is good.
 
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