Some Facts and Information About Kohler Lawnmower Carburetors

Kohler manufactures engines and engine-related parts to serve a host of applications in a variety of weather conditions. One of the parts they produce is the carburetor, which regulates fuel flow into the engine in order to power it. However, Kohler carburetors and parts can become worn over time, requiring you to peruse eBay for new or used replacement parts.

How do you diagnose carburetor problems in your Kohler engine?

There are different affordable models of Kohler carburetors available, but they all operate under the same premise and use similar parts. Here is a list of some common problems:

  • Engine Performance: The first symptom of carburetor problems is reduced engine performance. If acceleration seems sluggish, fuel efficiency is down, or idle speed is off it can mean your Kohler carburetor needs to be cleaned.
  • Excessive black exhaust smoke: This is a symptom that the engine is running too rich (too much fuel in proportion to air). This can mean a problem with the float and lever assembly parts.
  • Backfiring and overheating: These can be signs that the carburetor is running too lean (too much air in proportion to fuel).
  • Hard starting: This is also a sign that the carburetor is damaged. If parts like the float, valve, fuel line, or nozzle are damaged, it will burden the fuel flow during the ignition process.
How do you remove your Kohler carburetor?

Whether you are purchasing a new model Kohler carburetor or a couple of repair parts off of eBay, such as an engine, you will need to first remove the old one to perform the work. Here are general instructions for every model Kohler carburetor.

  • Step One: Disconnect the battery and remove it entirely. This is an important safety step that should not be overlooked.
  • Step Two: Turn off the fuel valve and disconnect the fuel line while clamping off the end to avoid spillage.
  • Step Three: Remove the air filter and any air intake ductwork, keeping the carburetor from being removed.
  • Step Four: Remove all linkages connecting the carburetor to the engine.
  • Step Five: Remove the Kohler carburetor carefully to avoid spilling any fuel. Pour any fuel in the carburetor into a bucket.
What is the difference between OEM and aftermarket carburetors?

The OEM, or Original Equipment Manufacturer, is Kohler, while aftermarket refers to other manufacturers. Aftermarket products tend to have a lower price and are compatible with multiple models. While OEM products have a higher price, they are made specifically for the model of Kohler carburetor you are looking to replace. You can also purchase parts in a kit. Ensure the part number matches your existing carburetor before purchasing new parts.

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