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Hey Folks,
I finally got my LT-1000 to turn over, run, and actually move!

It seemed to be smoking from the muffler when I stopped it, so I removed the spark arrestor to be sure there wasn't any oil, etc.. on it, heating up and then smoking.

While driving it around to check it out I noticed a fair amount sparks coming from that area!?! :crybaby: What would cause that and how to fix it?

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was you driving it around without the muffler/spark arrestor? They will spark and shoot flames out of the head pipes, since they are so close to the cylinders.
 

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Sounds like carbon buildup. The flakes are hot enough to glow as they get blown out. Pulling the head and cleaning the carbon out is one fix. Another is to just run it like that for a while, but you do run the risk of starting a fire.
Has it been running rich for a long time, that you know of?
 

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Thanks for the information. I amazed that I have even gotten this far. The thing wouldn't even turn over when I got it, but with some juice and a pint of seafoam it's running (but sparking).

I will put the spark arrestor back on, but I am still concerned about the sparks that shoot out of the side.

I am not really sure what is the difference between running rich or lean is. Can you fill me in?

Is cleaning (I assume you mean the cylinder) head a hard job? Any information on how to do this would be greatly appreciated.

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I was wondering if this was related. It seem like I have seen the tractor transform with each short use from the time I stareted using the seafoam to now. I am starting to see less smoke at start up (if any) and hopefully will see less smoke from muffler at stop and less sparks while running.

I'll put the spark arrestor back on and drive it around more hopefully the above will subside.

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I am not really sure what is the difference between running rich or lean is. Can you fill me in?

Is cleaning (I assume you mean the cylinder) head a hard job? Any information on how to do this would be greatly appreciated.

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Running rich means there is more gasoline in the mixture than optimum. Lean is just the opposite, less gas than optimum. Lean mixtures burn hotter, and can damage your engine. Very rich mixtures give black exhaust smoke, and build up carbon in the combustion chamber.

Decarbonization (how's that for a word?) usually means removing the cylinder head and cleaning the carbon crud off the piston, valves, head, etc. Some people scrape it, some use chemicals. The Seafoam appears to be doing the job for you. I would suggest that you carry on as you are. Run it, and see what happens. Hoping the spark arrestor catches all the sparks....:hide:
 

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Thanks for the explanation.

I'll run it on the black top for a while until the sparks subside.

bryce:trink40:
 

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It turns out the tie rod was bent so it was getting scraped by the engine pulley, thus the crazy sparks!

Though a minor pain in the butt, I'll take it over any engine/carb stuff!

Thanks again!
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LOL

I was looking at the front wheels of my tractor today and noticed they were toed out badly. Guess I bent the tie rod when I ran into a tree. When I took it off to straighten it I saw it had some shine on it so it must have been rubbing on something. Didn't see sparks though.
 

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Thanks for the explanation.

I'll run it on the black top for a while until the sparks subside.

bryce:trink40:
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