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Kohler 26hp bent starter shaft #4538835
10/10/17 07:43 AM
10/10/17 07:43 AM
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Laurel Springs, NC
syndydog Offline OP
syndydog  Offline OP
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Laurel Springs, NC
I have a Craftsman with a 26hp Kohler engine. Over the last few years I have gone through about 6 starters. While starting if for any reason the engine kicks back or locks up the shaft bends. In 2015 a member "Oldesel" posted how he replaced the 25hp Part# 32 098 04 like mine with a Kohler 27hp Part# 25 089 09 which has a cast support at the bendix end. My problem is this, my gear is 10 teeth. When I look up the starter he used it says it is 9 teeth. It also looks like the Kohler 27hp Part# 25 089 09 is now (Kohler 27hp Part# 25 098 09) unless his post had a typo. Has anyone gone through this and upgraded to the stronger starter? I also found a starter (KH-25-098-09-S) which looks like it may work but some sellers list it as 9 teeth and some list it as 10 teeth.


2016 Toyota Sequoia, John Deere 3032E, Craftsman GT5000, Case 580SE backhoe.
Re: Kohler 26hp bent starter shaft [Re: syndydog] #4543172
10/14/17 11:53 AM
10/14/17 11:53 AM
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ragtoplvr Online content
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My thought is I would add a push button by the ignition switch that kept the ignition off until the engine was cranking at full speed. This prevents kickback. Then I would release the push button and if it did not start apply choke. A good battery is always a good thing. Some of the cheap low cost batteries have very little lead in them. Get the good one.

Rod

Last edited by ragtoplvr; 10/14/17 11:55 AM.
Re: Kohler 26hp bent starter shaft [Re: syndydog] #4543713
10/15/17 02:32 AM
10/15/17 02:32 AM
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Problem is likely to excessive valve clearance, making valve timing off, reset lash and try
U will need to pull specifications

Re: Kohler 26hp bent starter shaft [Re: syndydog] #4546943
10/18/17 07:34 AM
10/18/17 07:34 AM
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Laurel Springs, NC
syndydog Offline OP
syndydog  Offline OP
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This all started to happen with less than 50 hours on the engine. I do have to pull the choke and as soon as it starts release it and it usually works 99.9% of the time. It's just that once so often that it jams. The started shaft is weak at less than 1/2 inch in machined areas. I did find one with 10 teeth that has a full cast housing and bushing support at the shaft end. However I not 100% convinced it will fit, still checking.


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