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17hp kaw wont start and has oil and pressure out of dipstick

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17hp kaw wont...
17hp kaw wont start and has oil and pressure out of dipstick tube
JA: Do you have fuel in the tank? If so, is the shut-off valve open and the fuel clean?
Customer: valve open and good fuel,,,has spark and pulled a plug there is compression
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: yes
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: rocker arms are moving
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Small Engine
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago

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

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
ran this spring just quit while mowing.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago

Thanks for your reply. Do you have some carburetor cleaner in a can, or starting fluid?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Tried starting fluid. Will not fire. Plug has spark
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago

Have you tried new spark plugs?

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago

Keep in mind that an engine needs three things, in order to run. Spark, Fuel, and Compression.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
No not yet....there is lots of blow by coming out of dipstick tube while crankkng
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago

You may have a blown head gasket. You stated that you have spark. The starting fluid temporarily served as your fuel. This leaves compression.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Have compression ...it blows finger off of plug hole
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Took rocker cover off. They seeem to be working...this is a single cylinder 17 hp kaw. On a JD gt275
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago

I would try a new spark plug, just to be sure.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I'll do that tomorrow... It cranks over grounded plug has spark.. What else besides head gasket could it be
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago

If your valves are out of adjustment, this could be part of our problem.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
What else are you thinking it could be
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago

I would start with a new spark plug and check valve clearances, then go from there. I will continue to work with you.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Ok can I text tomorrow
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago

Yes you can. I will get an alert to notify me of your text.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
ok ill work on it over the weekend thanks
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago

You are very welcome! I do hope all goes well for you.

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