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Hi, I am about to purchase a 7018, in nearly mint condition. It has the k-361 engine, and the guy says the valves arent moving. I dont think he knows that much about the mower, it was his dads. I dont know if somethiing may have broke when mowing, or if something like the valves may be stuck. How should I approach this engine, as far as checking it out, and the valve train out. Any help would be greatly appreciated,as I am kind of a novice to small engines. Thanks in advance guys, Steve

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I think I would remove the valve cover (2 screws) and see if the valves move when the engine cranks. That should tell you a lot. You can download manuals from the Kohler website. I understand these are prone to dropping valve seats when they overheat. Many of the K361 parts are NLA from Kohler and expensive on eBay.

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They are prone to drop valve seats, mostly because of oil leaks making dirt and clippings stick to the head allowing it to overheat. I think the frame is not long enough for the twin swap you mentioned. A 16hp Kohler (K341) should be direct swap. A briggs 16hp will swap easy enough, it will fit and the frame should be drilled. But the ignition is different, need to swap out switch and harness, or buy a kit from Al Edens place to allow you to use the existing hardware. I did that with my 718 Allis, the same as your 7018. Do not trash the K361, pullers pay good money for parts.

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