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  1. #1
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    Aug 2011
    Cub cadet 1250

    Default Compression test

    What should the compression on a k 241 motor 10 hp mine is reading 30 psi I'm thinking it should be around 90 of above ?

  2. #2
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Kubota Grand L3830

    Default Re: Compression test

    If memory serves the K241 engine had a compression release to aid in starting. (Keep in mind what is said about age and memory). Obtaining or doing a compression check on an engine with a compression release is tricky. If the engine has compression release, 30 PSI on the engine when being spun by the starter may be normal.

  3. #3
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    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    AC 5015

    Default Re: Compression test

    Cub, I have a 12 hp Kohler and I'm not sure of specs, but I doubt 30 psi would be enough compression to light up the fuel. Try putting a tablespoon of 30 wt oil in plug hole, replace plug and try again. If there is a dramatic rise in pressure, you have a broken, worn or stuck compression ring(s). If no appreciable change, you might have a blown head gasket or severely burnt valve(s). Are you opening the choke and throttle before cranking? If not, that will give a pretty low reading (but still should be way above 30psi.

  4. #4
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    Mar 2006

    Default Re: Compression test

    Some of the K series had compression release, and some didn't . It has been my experience as a Kohler tech that with the compression release on that engine you can see readings as low as about 70, but some times you can spin the engine fast enough with the old starter generator setups, that it will close the compression release, and then 110-130 can be achieved.
    ILLINOIS ENGINE, Beecher City, IL
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    ILENGINE over at Lawnmowerforum

  5. #5
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    GA, TN
    Kubota L4330HST

    Default Re: Compression test

    You guys know that the OP is from over 2 1/2 years ago, right? Cub might have it sorted out by now.

    - Jay

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