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Old 02-12-2007, 11:17 AM   #29
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Ok, You don't suppose that Jim was a little...nuts??? May be that he wasn't all there and they wrapped him up in a Hospital somewhere,Ya think??
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Old 02-13-2007, 01:39 PM   #30
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Someone should a "this story has no ending" at the top to save the rest of us the reading time lol
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Old 02-18-2007, 03:11 PM   #31
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Hey Capt Dan, they tried the VA hospital, but I escaped out the back door. The generator is supposed to be ready now. (Tacoma Diesel) The shop foreman said it was definitely the valve guides and valves, he said it is common with this engine, and that this was the worst he had encountered. He said that after the guides were done, he had to grind beyond the seats for the valve face to meet, not good, he told me he installed a "power head" to one cylinder???? Can only guess that it is a cast plate with valve reliefs, but then you think it would change the compression ratio in that cylinder. Oh well, time will tell. I'm supposed to pick it up tuesday after the pharmacy trip to Ft Lewis (not the phsych ward). I've notified the kohler rep in Kent washington and haven't got a reply yet, because I still can't believe they could wear out that quick. Much more of this and I'll be in a straight jacket. HA HA they'll be playing tapps for the SFC retired . Have a good day, I'll keep you guys updated and perhaps this story will have an ending after all !!!!!
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Old 03-09-2007, 03:54 PM   #32
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I'm still here and my generator is still there! The power head turns out to be a cylinder, but no luck there either, now they think they have the culprit, the camshaft!!! Have contacted kohler four times and still no responce, maybe I need to get hold of the attorney generals' office. So don't worry about this short story ending, I feel a novel in the making. Fishing starts next month, now they had better get me on the road. BYE (for now)
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If I didn't know better, I'd say that 'they' were doing a fishing trip!
I hope they are finally getting the problem solved, its been what,4 months now? Me thinks your hour meter is defective to only show 60 hours and have all that damage. Or maybe they un-hooked it so too not show the actual hours on the engine.Anyway hope ya get things going and ya can fish to your hearts content real soon, Capt.
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Old 03-10-2007, 11:01 AM   #34
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IF this is the problem, it should be covered by my warranty. I noticed
the plastic on the gear a bit loose when I was troubleshooting the
unit, but did not think it was loose enough to slip on the gear. Do you
remember how the factory cam gears on GM vehicles were an aluminum center
with plastic gear teeth? (was supposed to make them run quieter) That
is something similar to what kohler had done. As for the hour meter,
I've owned this rig since NEW! I'm not sure if the other condemned
parts were really in need of replacement. I instructed the shop foreman
to save all used parts and that I want all his findings recorded on the
work order. I'm going to get something out of this, besides a headache
and ulsers. I even had to find a valid camshaft part number for the
yeh hoos! Thanks for your concern, I'll keep you posted
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Old 03-12-2007, 05:31 PM   #35
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Yep, I remember that very well. It could be that the hour meter is defective. As for all the parts, I'm not a subscriber of 'lets try this and that'. I hope you get that money back as if the hour meter is bad, then you should be able to get them for it. Good luck and keep us up on how this works out. Capt.
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Capt Dan, Received camshaft from Kohler, guess what? Well ? the lobes on the new camshaft are reversed!!!!! Now the ball is back in Kohlers court, and fishing season is three weeks away. I think I'll have to contact the attorney general on this one. Have inquired to kohler three times and still no response. I should have a record here of the longest ongoing forum! What is my prize? Hopefully a new 5ERK kohler generator, installed at their expense. They also owe Tacoma Diesel labor and parts! As always, I'll keep you posted, sure am glad that fiberglass does not rust!
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Hi there, Sorry I havn't made contact sooner but the computer had a heart attack and geek squad had to revive it...again!
I wonder if they even know if they are working on a generator and what model??
I'd make them eat the whole thing. Keep us up on what is happening and good luck, Capt.
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What is up with the Kohler Need update.
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Still trying to find a camshaft, I guess kohler is still trying. I have called all over north America, yes Canada too. If kohler would pay the repair facility their labor for shipping the wrong camshaft, my extended warranty would at least pay my claim and I could apply that amount toward buying a new generator. I'm looking at a honda, all for less than 3K. I'm going fishing anyway, actually leaving in four hours. Wish me luck on both accounts. The story continues!!!!
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Well O'le boy, Hows the fishing? Hope it is better than your generator! I'd say they have some kind of major problem. Just check'in for now,Capt Dan
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by crazy jim:
Still trying to find a camshaft, I guess kohler is still trying. I have called all over north America, yes Canada too. If kohler would pay the repair facility their labor for shipping the wrong camshaft, my extended warranty would at least pay my claim and I could apply that amount toward buying a new generator. I'm looking at a honda, all for less than 3K. I'm going fishing anyway, actually leaving in four hours. Wish me luck on both accounts. The story continues!!!! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Saturday I was at a local engine shop and they showed me one of the common problems with these engines. On the camshaft there is a sliding pin that pops the exhaust valve open at the top of the compression stroke to provide compression release while starting. It is engaged by a spring and disengaged by a counterweight once the cam shaft starts spinning. The pin jambs in place and doesn't release or the spring brakes and does not engage the pin. The two symptoms are hard cranking (broken spring) or easy cranking but won't start (stuck pin)
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Capt Dan and Neil, fishing was definitely more productive than the "generator
woes", I could have done without the sunburn (seems as though my scalp is
growing faster than my hair} HA HA ! I put a new generac unit (at my expense)in the
coach, and I think it will do just fine. I'm still in the market for a
camshaft , or perhaps a pinto motor to power the old generator head !
Heck, a Vega engine would probably out perform the M18EP kohler engine.
I am only out a couple thousand dollars on this venture, not mentioning
the time and labor and parts. (frustration) Maybe I can sell parts on
e-bay at fifty cents on the dollar. Have a nice day, me and my better
half are heading for the ocean for a few days, relax a little and
listen to the new generator run, maybe I'll let it run all night just
because!! Not with gasoline at $3.60 a gallon. Thank you for the support
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