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  1. #1
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    Default LX188 loses power

    My 13-to-16 year-old JD LX188 lawn tractor - with a 17-hp Kawasaki V-twin engine & a 48" deck - often loses power while mowing. It may run fine for an hour, but if I shut it off and try to restart the engine, it won't run. The spark plugs, engine oil, gas- & air filters are new. The service manager at the local JD dealer believes that the problem is due to insufficient fuel moving through the carburetor, and I tend to agree. Anyone have experience with this kind of problem? And the best approach to fix it?


    Creekpaddler in Totty Hollow

    2006 JD 5225 with 542 loader & (6) 3-pt attachments
    1997 JD 925 72" front-deck diesel mower
    1993 JD LX188 with 48" deck

    "If you need a machine but don't buy it, you will ultimately find that you have paid for it, but don't have it."- Henry Ford

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    Default Re: LX188 loses power

    You didn't mention compression test. Or re-build of carburetor (including cleaning).
    Any history of old gas left in the carb?

  3. #3
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    Default Re: LX188 loses power

    I haven't done a compression test yet. I doubt that the carburetor has been rebuilt, since I bought it 3-5 years old from the original owner and haven't touched the carb since. There is a history of old gas left in the carburetor: guilty.


    Creekpaddler in Totty Hollow

    2006 JD 5225 with 542 loader & (6) 3-pt attachments
    1997 JD 925 72" front-deck diesel mower
    1993 JD LX188 with 48" deck

    "If you need a machine but don't buy it, you will ultimately find that you have paid for it, but don't have it."- Henry Ford

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