I've been seeing some engine related problems on other forums on the Deere GT245 Kawasaki. Anyone here having problems, issues?
Did anyone check and clean the pickups on the flywheel?Here is a copy from another forum. It doesn't seem like it is just one machine.
We bought a brand spanking new GT 245 On April 14 this year. After 17.5 hours running (May), it started running rough, lost power, and blew black smoke. The dealer came out and got it, but "found" that the plugs were fouled, that there was gas fouled oil, and that the filter was dirty (my husband had just cleaned the filter). They also adjusted the factory choke. They chalked it up to "bad gas" and told us to let them know if it happens again.
After 3 hours of mowing...it happened again. This time it had to wait until today for my husband was out of town. Sure enough, the plugs were fouled. Their shop notes say now that they changed the plugs, cleaned the carboureter, had found dirt in the gas, and it runs just fine. They suggest we are not "running it at full throttle with pto engaged, causing the gas to incompletely burn."
How do we get our money back or get them to fix the problem? We're not going to play this game of we're not babying the thing enough. We played that game with a craftsman chainsaw until we took it back for a quality Stihl.
Carol - You should run at full throttle. Otherwise, you will run the risk of fouling the plugs and the oil. Also, how old is the gas you are running? If it's more than 30 days old, especially if the temps are damp or hot, the fuel can begin to go stale. This causes some problems with combustion. You might want to consider using fuel stabilizer if that's the case.
Since you are long past the 30 return policy for John Deere, getting your money back is not likely. - Dave
We are running at full throttle...
My husband went down in person and they are getting a new carbeurator. The mechanic thinks this will just be a recurring problem otherwise. The gas was fresh as well.
I hope the carb replacement solves your tractor's problem. I know it can be very frustrating to have invested a significant amount of money into a tractor that isn't working correctly, but keep after the dealer to make it work right, it is still under warantee. And once fixed, hopefully this experience will fade away after 10 to 20 years of trouble free operation. I have a truck with 231,000 miles on it that I had lots of problems with the first 5 months I had it, but once fixed has become one of the most reliable vehicles I have ever owned. I guess I'm saying hang in there a little while longer.
Hello, very interested in your story. Sounds identical to mine down to the date purchased and hours at which problems developed. I purchased the GX335. It has a 20 hp Kawasaki engine. Is that what your tractor has? My dealer has done the carborator replacement. It began the same symptoms, running rich, belching black smoke, no power, etc after about 5 hours of operation after replacement. Did your symptoms develop slowly? My dealer says he may put in a new engine. My confidence is low that this will fix the problem. Guess they could do this about every 15 hours of operation. Keep me posted.
Coppoc Oh yeah, forgot to mention. The dealer gave me a loner. Same exact mower, GX335. I think it is starting the same thing. Almost 21 hours on it.