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Experience:  have worked on and around most engine models for 35 yrs./Polaris ATV expert
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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: 1 year ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

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

Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

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

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
1 month ago
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year 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 1 year ago.
ignition related
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

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

Expert:  Donald replied 1 year 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 1 year ago.
no,it stalls out
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it is getting good spark fuel etc
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

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

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no, it stalls when I open the choke
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

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

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it starts ,&runs for a few seconds then stalls
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year 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 1 year ago.
good compression
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

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

Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

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

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
what do you want to try?
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year 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 1 year ago.
OK, i'll try that
it won't idle at all.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Al so carb is new
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

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