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Old 06-26-2017, 10:13 AM
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Default Cub Cadet LTX 1040 Kohler Governor issue.

Well I tried posting this yesterday and the box of rocks locked up. Well just IE
did. Fuck it. I will try again.

I was traveling for work this past week and the lawn tractor took a shit. The
oldest boy tried fixing it, kudos for the attempt but he has to learn to call me
or someone with experience before he tries shit.

He was mowing the front ditch and the rpm took off on him. He diagnosed it
as a broken or missing spring in the throttle control. But the reality was that
the governor grenaded. I have dealt with this on other engine before and
could have point him in the correct direction. But even though I got home
Friday night, this was not brought to my attention until Saturday night when
SWMBO started the tractor and it was screaming...

WTF, over...
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:35 AM
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So Shade Jr's 'fix' was to lock the throttle plate half open, if I was not so
pissed at the time, I would have taken pictures. But he was off with the FG
and it was late on Saturday. I started the diagnosis and inside of 5 minutes
I had it down to the governor. Since the gov. control arm made a nice free
wheeling 360°.

Yesterday I spent a good part of the day, tearing down and removing debris
from the crankcase.
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:57 AM
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few more...
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Old 06-27-2017, 10:18 AM
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Part Number Description Quantity Status *
20 041 21S Closure Plate Gasket 1 In Stock
12 041 02S Air Cleaner Gasket 1 In Stock
20 079 07S Throttle Linkage 1 Estimated Ship Date By 6/29/2017
20 089 10S Governor Link 1 In Stock
20 089 11S Governor Spring 1 In Stock
12 041 01S Carburetor Gasket 1 In Stock
20 041 13S Valve Cover Gasket 1 In Stock
20 032 08S Oil Seal 1 Estimated Ship Date By 7/1/2017
25 310 09S Governor Gear Kit 1 Estimated Ship Date By 7/3/2017

Well looks like I will not have the engine fixed for a few day... No other online
supplier was any better and the local Kohler guy is expensive and does not
have most of the parts in stock.

Oh well... $30 in parts and $9 in shipping, no tax. Cannot complain about the
pricing.
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Old 06-27-2017, 11:23 AM
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The last pic looks like "Powder Metallurgy Mis-applied"...

They do amazing things with powder Metal these days, this isn't one of them.
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Old 06-27-2017, 01:55 PM
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The last pic looks like "Powder Metallurgy Mis-applied"...

They do amazing things with powder Metal these days, this isn't one of them.
While there are a few PM parts in this engine, the parts in the last picture,
the governor parts are either plastic (the gear) and stamped steel. All very
damaged.

The rocker arm nuts and the gear on the crankshaft to drive the camshaft
gears are PM. Also the oil pump gears are PM.
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Old 06-28-2017, 09:23 PM
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There is a shop in Laf that stocks parts for every make of engine found on a lawn mower.

I needed a piston ring and pin set for an old cast iron engine probably 60 years old and had the parts the same day.

They sell mowers, several brands, do maintenance and repairs etc but the parts mangr told me they make the most money in the Acadiana area on parts. Not that they have much of a markup, but it's the volume of walkins that does it.

Last time I was there I had to wait in line watching 5 folk behind the counter taking care of walkins. lol The place was full on a Friday morning.

FWIW, I think I have the same engine on my Mustang ZT mower. It's been a work horse and has cut it's share of grass and still going strong.
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Shade, updates on your Kohler?
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Old 07-06-2017, 10:57 AM
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Shade, updates on your Kohler?
If you can believe the USPS, parts should be here tomorrow.
Installation likely on Saturday or Sunday...
You never can be sure... SWMBO can and will change my plans...
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Old 07-06-2017, 11:04 AM
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On a tangent, the Troybilt walk behind bagger, took a shit last weekend.
The wife and kids use it to cut grass for the rabbits most of the year. I
was a super low end cheap mower with a Briggs engine, the freaking carb
was plastic! And a lot of snap together parts. I was actually shocked how
cheaply built it was. I told SWMBO that it might only last 2 years if she was
lucky. Well we got 3 plus out of it. There was not even an oil drain plug on
it.

So I go to get the same cheapy again but Lowes was sold out of them even
though the internet claimed 5 in stock and their computer said 6. Amber the
sales lady was very good and very nice. She upgraded me to the Honda
engine for the same price. Less my 10% vet discount I got out of there for
~$260. Uses the same bagger but different air filter. The Honda is a much
better engine. Aluminum carb even.
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