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I own an old but quite beloved John Deere 316 with the Kohler cast iron engine. It burns oil at a prodigious rate – it might be the biggest polluter in my state. The technicians at the local Deere dealership tell me it needs a ring job, probably requiring reboring the cylinder, oversize rings, and other scary sounding things.
They don’t sound overly confident that this will certainly solve the problem and they say they won’t even know if it’ll work until they get the engine out and apart to see if the cylinder walls are too badly scored to allow a repair. Plus, it’ll take “six to eight weeks” and cost a bundle. But, I own a lot of accessories so the repair might be worth it.
Here are my questions:
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
|bontai Joe||I own the same model Deere, built only in 1978. The old Kohlers are usually easy to rebuild, especially if nothing is broken or cracked. If you are the original owner and it has never been rebuilt before, they can remove up to .030" of metal from the bore. Usually .010" is all that is required.
1. Yes the diagnosis sounds right.
I haven't had to touch mine yet (thank GOODNESS!) but I would rebuild it. Parts are available and not outragiously expensive. But your dealer sounds like he won't guarantee his work on this, will he? If not, I'd shop around for a reputable small engine shop. I know of a couple depending on where you are.
Several replacement engines are available from Small Engine Warehouse, see: http://www.smallenginewarehouse.com/RepowerItems.asp?Brand=John%20Deere&Model=316-Kohler
|Tim Boisvert||I would also shop around for price on the rebuild. John Deere is very quite pricy when you talk labor. There are many small engine repair shops that know Kohler. The biggest thing is a written guarentee. Most new engines come with a 1 to 2 year guarentee; rebuilt may only be 6 to 12 months.
For what john Deere wants for the rebuild, I'd buy new, even if it's $300 to $400 more. You may even be able to get a higher HP motor with a new motor plus you'll be getting a new starter, carb, etc. Some even come with a new electric PTO.
|TURK LEWERKE||DOES ANYONE KNOW OF A REPLACEMENT DROP IN ENGINE FOR MY 316 WHICH HAS A BLOWN ONAN? HLEWERKE@AOL.COM
|douglas gresens||I've looked into new Onan engines for my JD 316 and they are pricey at around $1,500. If you chose to go that route, I need a starter/flywheel for my JD316. I would be interested in either parts or the whole engine from yours. It could help offset your cost.
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