Kohler engine runs then dies. Common solutions for Kohler small engine stalls after a few seconds. One of the main reasons that engines stall is because of dirt and debris getting lodged into the carburetor.
A carburetor, which is found on small engines, changes fuel from a liquid to gas so it can be burned.
When there’s too much dirt built up, the carburetor can’t perform this task and it has to shut off. For Kohler motors, in particular, this issue is most commonly caused by leaving gas in the tank for an extended period of time.
Kohler engine runs then dies
If you’ve been operating your mower with more than half a tank for several weeks, some debris such as rust could have gotten stuck inside causing your engine to stall.
In order to fix your engine so that it starts delivering performance again,
first, make sure you’ve cleaned out all the old gas or oil in the tank completely so that fresh fluid can take over when you add new fuel.
Sometimes it might also be appropriate if you just want to replace the fuel filter. We will discuss some common issues are mentioned below:
The carburetor might be clogged
A clogged carburetor is usually caused by leaving fuel in the engine for a long period of time. Over time, some of the ingredients in the fuel may evaporate, leaving behind a thicker, stickier substance.
The gas can cause the carburetor to get clogged up and as a result, it won’t function properly contributing to an engine that doesn’t start and/or stalls constantly until it’s fixed.
If your Kohler engine seems to be having this issue and you suspect your carburetor may be the problem then you could try cleaning it with a special cleaner for the job.
Or if that doesn’t work you will have to look at either rebuilding or replacing entirely, depending on how clogged it is or how damaged it is after trying to clean it again.
Defective Fuel Cap
As fuel is burned, the amount of it in the gas tank reduces. To compensate for this, a small hole is located on your fuel cap to let air into the tank.
If this hole becomes blocked by dirt or sand then you will most likely experience trouble with your engine.
First, you should stop what you’re doing and try pumping your brakes a few times as doing so could help clear some space inside of your fuel tank.
Then start up your engine and see if that cleared up any excess dust from within the tank. If not, you might want to consider buying a replacement fuel cap.
Can you use synthetic oil in Kohler engines?
Using oil that is the correct viscosity rated 10W-30/SAE 30 or 5W-20/5W-30 with a starburst symbol on the label is necessary to avoid damage from premature wear in your Kohler engine.
This is verified by independent laboratory analysis and reflects the industry standard for engine oils.
The recommended oil viscosity for your Kohler engine as per the manufacturer’s specification manual found on page 20 of your service guide, refers to new or rebuilt engines only.
For at least 50 hours of running time before switching to synthetic oil, it is necessary to use standard oil which you can buy from convenience stores.
How much oil does my Kohler engine take?
Make sure you don’t overfill the oil tank of your mower. Overfilling it can cause the engine to smoke heavily and even cause starting delays. For the Kohler 15HP Command engine, the oil capacity is 1.9 Liters (1.7 quarts).
Mowers with electricity start run on a different kind of fuel than tractors and other types of engines while it’s working you should use care so that gas doesn’t get into an open flame or spark, causing a fire hazard.
When should oil be changed in Kohler’s engine?
To continue the longevity of your engine, you must change the engine crankcase oil and the filter every 300 hours of operation.