Small Engine

Small Engine Troubleshooting Problems? Ask a Mechanic Now.

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

I have a gravely tractor with a Kohler Commander 14 pro

Customer Question
I have a gravely...

I have a gravely tractor with a Kohler Commander 14 pro series model ch14s spec. 1810 serial #(###) ###-#### Every time I run it I have to clean motor oil out of where the air filter seats next to the carburetor. It must be coming up from the reed breather but why? The engine does not smoke or use oil. I have replaced the reed breather Kohler part#1240201 and went to 30 oil instead of 10w30 but nothing has helped.

Mechanic's Assistant: Can you guesstimate how old the engine is? And has it done anything like this in the past?

I have a gravley tractor with a kohler commander 14 pro series model ch 14s spec.1810 serial #2408718284. Every time I run it I have to clean oil out of where the air filter seats next to the carburetor. It must be coming up from the reed breather part#1240201 and is blowing down the hose breather but why? I have replacer the reed breather, the engine does not smoke or burn oil. I switched from 10w 30 to 30w. this problem is getting oiling the air filter. Got any answers or fixes?

Mechanic's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

Yes.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Small Engine
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Posted by JustAnswer at customer's request) Hello. I would like to request the following Expert Service(s) from you: Live Phone Call.
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Let me know if you need more information, or send me the service offer(s) so we can proceed.
Answered in 1 hour by:
12/15/2017
Technician: Wayne, Engine Rebuilder replied 7 months ago
Wayne
Wayne, Engine Rebuilder
Category: Small Engine
Satisfied Customers: 11,197
Experience: many years on egine rebuilding, lawn mower,roto tiller,Truck,and small engines
Verified

Hi I'm Wayne

I will be assisting you with this issue today

what is the age of the engine, Please

Wayne

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I am not sure of the engines age, probably 20 yr. But it has always been well maintained & does not smoke or burn oil.
Technician: Wayne, Engine Rebuilder replied 7 months ago

Hi

Thank you for the response

well it was not well maintained it would not last 20 years

good job on your part

2 things that cause that oil in the breather

1st piston rings starting to wear, but you would get a bit of smoking

2nd is worn valve guide and seals, most likely reason

I hope this helps you

Have a Merry Christmas

Wayne

My goal is to give you the best experience possible! I hope I have earned a 5- star rating! Please remember to rate my service by selecting the 5 stars at the top of the screen before you leave today. If you need more assistance, please use the reply box and let me know.

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Technician: Wayne, Engine Rebuilder replied 6 months ago

Morning

Just following up with you

Did my answer help you??

Have a Merry Christmas

Wayne

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a technicianLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Wayne Your Own Question
Wayne
Wayne
Wayne, Engine Rebuilder
Category: Small Engine
Satisfied Customers: 11,197
11,197 Satisfied Customers
Experience: many years on egine rebuilding, lawn mower,roto tiller,Truck,and small engines

Wayne is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

You did one super job of explaining to me everything there is to know about this fridge. I'm looking forward to asking you questions in the future.

JimmyBagley, IA

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Curtis B.

Curtis B.

Technician

15,288 satisfied customers

have worked on and around most engine models for 35 yrs./Polaris ATV expert

Rick

Rick

Factory Authorized Trainer

4,218 satisfied customers

Outdoor Power Equipment technical trainer since 1990, covering eight states.

Jon K.

Jon K.

Small Engine Diagnostic Expert

2,995 satisfied customers

Gold certified Stihl tech, Service Manager for a rental/repair shop.Certified in most small engines

James W

James W

Small Engine Troubleshooting Expert

2,986 satisfied customers

7 years as Mechanic & Parts Manager for Brother who has Owned Lawn & Garden Repair shop for 35 years

Vince O.

Vince O.

Small Engine Technician

2,902 satisfied customers

Over 30 years experience repairing lawn and garden equipment. Chainsaws, mowers,blowers and trimmers

Wayne

Wayne

Engine Rebuilder

11,197 satisfied customers

many years on egine rebuilding, lawn mower,roto tiller,Truck,and small engines

RUSS

RUSS

SERVICE TECHNICIAN

1,723 satisfied customers

28 YEAR SERVICE TECHNICIAN

< Previous | Next >

Related Small Engine Questions
Hve a KOHLER CV490S - when breather hose attached, causes
Hi, hve a KOHLER CV490S - when breather hose attached, causes engine to stall. I have replaced air filter, pre filter, oil filter, fuel filter, spark plug, new gas, checked fuel line, cleaned carburet… read more
JON
JON
Master Service Tech
MASTER SERVICE TECHNICIAN
1,851 satisfied customers
My gravely 252Z kohler engine is missing identification
my gravely 252Z kohler engine is missing identification sticker and I need to order a short block any way to identify through model and serial of mower? … read more
JON
JON
Master Service Tech
MASTER SERVICE TECHNICIAN
1,851 satisfied customers
My 25+ yr old 16 hp gravely tractor started to spurt oil
My 25+ yr old 16 hp gravely tractor started to spurt oil from engine ,up through carb seems concentrated on left side of engine. any ideas?… read more
JohnF2015
JohnF2015
High School Diploma
1,223 satisfied customers
I have a craftsman ys4500 54" deck. Mower has been operating
I have a craftsman ys4500 54" deck. Mower has been operating strange. First, it hesitates every 30 seconds or so and acts like it is going to die. When operating the pto it will hesitate even more; tr… read more
JohnF2015
JohnF2015
High School Diploma
1,223 satisfied customers
I have the same issue that was discussed here. I replaced
I have the same issue that was discussed here. I replaced the carburetor. It ran once for a few minutes But i still had the smoking issue it died and I haven't been able to restart it. What is the eng… read more
Hank F.
Hank F.
Service Technician
High School or GED
5,365 satisfied customers
Kohler Command Pro 17. Misses and low power until I disconnect
Kohler Command Pro 17. Misses and low power until I disconnect the breather hose. Then it runs like a new engine. ????? New oil,sparkplug,carb, oil filter,fuel filter, new intake valve and repaired va… read more
Curtis B.
Curtis B.
Technician
Associate Degree
15,288 satisfied customers
have Kohler khxs.3982gc with excessive oil smoke from head
have Kohler khxs.3982gc with excessive oil smoke from head to carb & out of exaust. 13 hp.spec # XXXXX SN# XXXXX . what is cause/ cure?… read more
PK.
PK.
Owner
High School or GED
943 satisfied customers
I have a B&S 21 hp engine, model(NNN) NNN-NNNNG1 which is about
I have a B&S 21 hp engine, model(NNN) NNN-NNNNG1 which is about 11 months old. This is on my lawn tractor. It has started to spew huge clouds of oil smoke. What gives?… read more
Jon K.
Jon K.
Small Engine Diagnostic Expert
Some College, military training,
2,995 satisfied customers
Hello. I have a Craftsman LT-1000 with a Kohler 17 HP OHV.
Hello. I have a Craftsman LT-1000 with a Kohler 17 HP OHV. It starts smoking after running for about 5 minutes. I found oil under the air filter and behind the valve cover. Oil was leaking onto the mu… read more
smallenginehelp4u2
smallenginehelp4u2
142 satisfied customers
I have a Craftsman Lawn Tractor with a 25 HP Kohler C730S Motor.
I have a Craftsman Lawn Tractor with a 25 HP Kohler C730S Motor. Motor and tractor are 2004 with approximately 150 hours on motor and well maintained with regular oil changes, etc. While mowing at slo… read more
Curtis B.
Curtis B.
Technician
Associate Degree
15,288 satisfied customers
I have a cub cadet LT1050. I just changed the oil and cleaned
I have a cub cadet LT1050. I just changed the oil and cleaned the air filter. Now when I start the mower it billows white smoke. It didn't do that before. Did I do something wrong? I used 10W-30 oil. … read more
Rick
Rick
Factory Authorized Trainer
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
4,218 satisfied customers
How do you change the exhaust valve on a cub 1863. Oil is coming
How do you change the exhaust valve on a cub 1863. Oil is coming up into my air filter through the black hose on top of the carb. I was told that the exhaust valve was probably bent or stuck. I took o… read more
J.R.
J.R.
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
7,173 satisfied customers
I have a 2006 Craftsman GS6500 tractor with a 26hp Kohler V
I have a 2006 Craftsman GS6500 tractor with a 26hp Kohler V twin engine. After only 125 hours the engine is only running on one cylinder. I removed the spark plug and found that it was wet with a milk… read more
ranwell1
ranwell1
CEO
High School or GED
5,039 satisfied customers
I have a 12.5 hp Kohler engine model CV125S, spec 1211, serial
I have a 12.5 hp Kohler engine model CV125S, spec 1211, serial no. XXXXXXXXXX on a Cub Cadet tractor circa 1989 - 1991. It is getting oil in the combustion chamber and thus burning blue/white./grey sm… read more
Rick
Rick
Factory Authorized Trainer
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
4,218 satisfied customers
I have a craftman lawn tractor with a kohler pro 22 hp twin.
I have a craftman lawn tractor with a kohler pro 22 hp twin. I am getting gas in oil. what could cause this? and how can i fix it?… read more
Rick
Rick
Factory Authorized Trainer
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
4,218 satisfied customers
I HAVE A 14 HP KOHLER PROFESSIONAL ENGINE YEAR 1998 IN A CUB
I HAVE A 14 HP KOHLER PROFESSIONAL ENGINE YEAR 1998 IN A CUB CADET LAWNMOWER ZERO TURN Z-42 CAN I USE A SYNTHETIC MOTOR OIL WEIGHT OF OIL ACCORDING TO THE MAUAL ALSO SAID USE 10/40 ? THANKS J… read more
J.R.
J.R.
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
7,173 satisfied customers
I have a Kohler 12.5 on an air compressor. It is blowing the
I have a Kohler 12.5 on an air compressor. It is blowing the dip stick and oil out the fill tube. I think I need to clean the breather, but can't locte it. Where is it at?… read more
PK.
PK.
Owner
High School or GED
943 satisfied customers
I have a briggs and stratton 25 hp Intek Twin OHV engine in
I have a briggs and stratton 25 hp Intek Twin OHV engine in my lawn tractor. It recently started consuming oil so I was checking out some of the chat forums on the web and one site stated that it migh… read more
ranwell1
ranwell1
CEO
High School or GED
5,039 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x