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#3141710 - 10/01/13 04:33 PM One spark plug carbon fouled??
callbay Offline


Registered: 05/29/05
Posts: 610
Loc: Ozark Mountains
20 HP Kohler V twin. Engine was missing so I put in new plugs. The exact Champions the manual called for. One of the old ones was carbon fouled. The other one normal. It ran well with the new plugs for a few minutes but then fouled the plug again and started to miss again.

The welder/generator has about 1,200 hours on it.

Any ideas?? Thanks!

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#3141741 - 10/01/13 05:09 PM Re: One spark plug carbon fouled?? [Re: callbay]
nitehawk55 Offline


Registered: 04/01/10
Posts: 1043
Loc: Ontario , Canada
It's running rich for some reason . Is the air filter OK ? , if it is I would suspect an issue with the carb which is likely if it's been sitting for a time unused . It may also be possible the coil to that plug is weak and misfiring .

I have the same engine in my New Holland/Toro lawn tractor and it's been fine with plugs .
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#3141749 - 10/01/13 05:17 PM Re: One spark plug carbon fouled?? [Re: callbay]
callbay Offline


Registered: 05/29/05
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Loc: Ozark Mountains
It has a brand new air filter and prefilter.

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#3141879 - 10/01/13 07:36 PM Re: One spark plug carbon fouled?? [Re: callbay]
Zaedock Offline


Registered: 09/10/05
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Loc: Massachusetts
Kohler V twin - check the head gasket on that cylinder.
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#3141885 - 10/01/13 07:40 PM Re: One spark plug carbon fouled?? [Re: callbay]
bubbatime Offline


Registered: 03/18/08
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Loc: South Florida
Worn rings on one cylinder?
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#3141895 - 10/01/13 07:50 PM Re: One spark plug carbon fouled?? [Re: callbay]
NHGUY Offline


Registered: 10/09/11
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Loc: USA
I prefer Autolite or NGK plugs.Although the "easy start" Champions arent bad.

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#3141988 - 10/01/13 09:14 PM Re: One spark plug carbon fouled?? [Re: callbay]
jhellwig Offline


Registered: 07/01/13
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Loc: Ottumwa, Iowa
If it fouled one while running you have an issue. Was the plug that fouled while running wet with fuel or oil?
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#3142515 - 10/02/13 12:43 PM Re: One spark plug carbon fouled?? [Re: callbay]
callbay Offline


Registered: 05/29/05
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Loc: Ozark Mountains
The spark plug that was fouled was dry.

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#3142877 - 10/02/13 06:42 PM Re: One spark plug carbon fouled?? [Re: callbay]
jhellwig Offline


Registered: 07/01/13
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Loc: Ottumwa, Iowa
I would look at a coil issue or plug wire then.
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#3143087 - 10/02/13 08:27 PM Re: One spark plug carbon fouled?? [Re: callbay]
JR Offline


Registered: 08/08/04
Posts: 923
Loc: Michigan born but my heart bel...
If one was clean on fould it is ignition. problem . air and fuel are good since. one plug is clean. check spark. i know the inline style ignition. tester increase the ignition. out put at the plug. i think the coil for that cylinder is weak not dead weak. if it was dead it would miss on the fresh plug. it is weak causing incomplete. combustion. hint the fould plug. that or

ken.

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