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OrangeMetalGuy

Kohler starter maintenance (lube?)

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OrangeMetalGuy

My K341's starter seems to hang up and not retract the drive gear quick enough when I release the key... sounds like I need to lube it.

I looked in the engine and tractor owners manuals but could not find anything on this. Then I did a search here, but came up empty too.

So does anyone have the procedure for this maintenance item?

Thanks.

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mwells

Remove the starter and clean the starter drive with brake cleaner until all the gum is off and it moves freely. Do NOT use oil on it as that collects dust and will cause it to stick again. I just clean mine and go. You could spray a dry lubricant on it like silicon spray if you want.

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Burntime

I always worked the starter gear forward and sprayed it down with carb cleaner, let it sit for a minute, then follow up with triflow with silocone. Works smooth after that. I would have to do that to the kt17 starter once every year or two with all the dirt and leaf crud. Funny, it only acts up when its cold and you least want to be playing outside!sm00

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OrangeMetalGuy

Well, I cleaned it and TriFlow'd it. (great stuff that is).

The plastic cover over the spring disintegrated, but I assume that's only there to keep dust out of that end.

It's still sounding wrong, with a high-pitched squeal right after the engine catches. Visually, it appears to be retracting fast enough (and when I had it on the bench it was certainly smooth).

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OrangeMetalGuy

The gear teeth looked a little worn but not like they wouldn't be engaging all the way.

The sound is mechanical I'm pretty sure. Sounds like one of the old Mopar starters from the 70's.

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