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K341 Kohler 16 HP, new points,condensor,spark plug new

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K341 Kohler 16 HP, new points,condensor,spark plug new carburetor-starting/powering coil w/ 12 volt power pack-will run for a few seconds-low idlestalls out WTF!
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Donald replied 12 months ago.

Hello, and thank you for choosing Just Answer. My name is***** will be happy to assist you.

Expert:  Donald replied 12 months ago.

How long has it been since your engine last started up and performed to your satisfaction? This is a troubleshooting question.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
1 month ago
Expert:  Donald replied 12 months ago.

Thanks for your reply. When your engine failed, one month ago, do you know if the problem was fuel, or was it ignition related?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
ignition related
Expert:  Donald replied 12 months ago.

Kerry, if you partially close your choke, will your engine continue to run?

Expert:  Donald replied 12 months ago.

I am trying to determine what is happening after a few seconds, as your engine is shutting down. I would like to figure out if you are loosing spark, or fuel, at that point. This is the reason for the questions, I am asking you.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
no,it stalls out
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
it is getting good spark fuel etc
Expert:  Donald replied 12 months ago.

Are you saying it stalls out if you partially close your choke??

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
no, it stalls when I open the choke
Expert:  Donald replied 12 months ago.

What happens when your choke is partially, or fully closed?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
it starts ,&runs for a few seconds then stalls
Expert:  Donald replied 12 months ago.

Thanks for your response. Kerry, keep in mind that an engine needs three things in order to run properly. Your engine needs Spark, Fuel, and Compression? You stated that you are getting good spark, fuel, etc. What about your compression?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
good compression
Expert:  Donald replied 12 months ago.

Ok, good fuel, spark, and compression. Is your carburetor new or rebuilt?

Expert:  Donald replied 12 months ago.

Are you near your engine? I would like for you to try something ...

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
what do you want to try?
Expert:  Donald replied 12 months ago.

Kerry, if you have some carburetor cleaner in a can, I would like for you to spray a small burst directly into your carburetor, as your engine is shutting down, to see if your engine will pick back up, and run briefly.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
OK, i'll try that
it won't idle at all.
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Al so carb is new
Expert:  Donald replied 12 months ago.

Thanks. Let me know what happens after you give it a try.