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Lucien6
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:54 am    Post subject: Kolher M20 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a M20 in my Bolens tractor, It is hard to start with that cold weather, below 10F. As soon as it fire the starter disangege, I have to keep trying and tryingfor for about a 2 to 4 minutes and if I'am lucky it will start or sometime the batterie will disgage after all those attend. I put new plug and it did not do any good. I put gaz with an ctane of more than 90. What could be the problem?
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Lucien
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:05 am    Post subject: Re: Kolher M20 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

What weight oil are you using? Are you using a full size car battery or one of those small garden tractor battery's? I use a full size car battery in my garden tractor bought from Walmart.
I don't use it when its that cold. I use a snowblower for deep snow and bundle up to keep warm with layers of clothing. Hal
PS: Your battery voltage is probably dropping too much when cranking. I'm using 5W30 synthetic
oil in our Kohler standby generator.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:58 am    Post subject: Re: Kolher M20 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks' El Toro,
Thats' what I suspect, the batterie, its' 4 year old and its' garden tractor batterie. I use 5W10 regular oil,
Again thanks' El Toro, like always, great advice and great help
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Kolher M20 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I use Walmart's car battery that has the cable hookup on the side like what GM vehicles use. The + post on top blistered the paint on my tractor's hood. I have a Delco starter/generator and don't get the mechanical advantage like you do using an electrical gear driven starter that engages the ring gear. Hal

 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:20 am    Post subject: Re: Kolher M20 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'm with El Toro; I use synthetic 5W30 in all my garden tractors and not only do they start easier, but the oil pressure is higher during hot weather usage. I think most small engine manufacturers recommend that now.
 
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