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My cub cadet 100

Postby BigBill » Tue May 08, 2007 7:49 pm

I had a few extra minutes to sit aand play with my newly required cub cadet 100 "finally". I replaced the bad points and she fired up right away.
Now guess what another blown headgasket???? Same as the cub cadet 70 I got from the same guy. Is blown head gaskets the norm on used cub cadets? It has me felling i need to change every headgasket when i purchase every used/older cub cadet right away.

This 100 has the creeper tranny and its really neat and slow in low too I like that.....great for blowing snow or plowing. The 10HP kolher seems to have a lot of power like my 122 cub cadet has. It pulls me no problem in any gear. These transmissions are so overkill too there rugged as hell.

This 100 was going to be my project tractor but i may have another INT 154 comming soon so thats going to be my project tractor instead.

I like that red primer at TSC it seems to work really well and i may use that on all my restorations so the metal will last as long as the drive train does. There's still a lot of life left in these old garden tractors.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.

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Postby Paul B » Tue May 08, 2007 8:43 pm

Blown head gaskets are fairly common on the "K" series Kohler engines, and always blow in the same place - front right side. When you put a new gasket on, make sure the gasket surface of the head is flat. You can true it up by rubbing it on a piece of sand paper (320 or so) on a flat surface such as a piece of plate glass. Torque the head bolts down, run the engine to get it to operating temp and shut it off and let it cool down and retorque the head bolts. This is recommended by Kohler and is in some of the service manuals, and will help that gasket to last longer. If you don't retorque the bolts, the gasket will not last long. Kohler also recommends that the head be removed and the carbon buildup on the head, piston, and around the valve heads cleaned/removed about once a year (depending on use).

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Postby cubpuller71 » Sat May 12, 2007 9:11 pm

The headgaskets on the kohlers are pretty simple fixes,we pull cadets almost every weekend and just do them every yr before the first pull to clean the carbon deposits off and it gives us a chance to inspect everything

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