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Engine starts but has no power whatever. JD says I need a

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Engine starts but has no power whatever. JD says I need a new engine. Before I do that I need to know a few things. They said the compression should be 130 psi. What is the compression ratio? I have an airplane with 10.5:1 ratio and 75 psi compression is very good.
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Customer: On a previous situation, I was advised by another JD tech that it had 'dropped a valve' which they fixed...rear cylinder not working at all...engine blowing smoke...I was thinking an ignition problem. A bit skeptical that this engine would need a rebuild ... what is the average Time Between Overhauls?
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Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 4 months ago.

Model number? What engine? Gas Kawasaki would be great at 130 psi!

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Sorry about the delay...had to rescue gator from John Deere. I'm perplexed at what they told me. It is the 18 hp Kawasaki gas twin. 9.4:1 compression... they said it had only 130 psi with throttle the heck is compression measured with a valve open? I've always done compression tests at TDC with valves closed..what does the throttle have to do with plane is very happy with 75 psi on a compression test...they want 170? Front cylinder is producing no power (stuck open valve?) Rear cylinder is running very idea why but since opening the throttle has little effect on there a timing issue?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 4 months ago.

140 is plenty of compression. Front cylinder, does it have spark? Are the valves working, pushrod not bent or broken> Vales set at .006 inch?

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