Kohler Ignition Coil Problems Can Be a Major Concern!

by Jack Grover
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Kohler Ignition Coil Problems

Have you ever thought about the Kohler ignition coil problems? Or ever faced it? These problems can include a hard start, no start, and even overheating issues.

If you are using any lawn mower with a Kohler engine and suddenly your Kohler ignition coil needs to troubleshoot, nothing can be worse than this when you don’t have any idea of this.

There are different kinds of ignition coil problems in a Kohler engine. From turn-on problems to overheating problems. They each have solutions that you can easily apply. Let us enlighten you with a brief discussion about it.

Kohler Ignition Coil Problems

We have listed out some problems and solutions for them in the table. Give it a look

Won’t startCheck the fuel system and clean the dirt
Stops suddenlyChange spark plugs
No sparkReplace ignition coil
High fuel consumptionClean the dirt and give the engine rest
OverheatsCheck the fuel system first

Won’t Start

The reason why your engine is not starting could be anything. Such as

  • No fuel
  • Dirt in the fuel line
  • Spark park problem

So make sure that your tank is filled with fuel and clean the whole machine regularly to get rid of dirt. Also, check the spark plugs. If they are damaged,replace them

Stops Suddenly

It could occur because of an overloaded engine. So, give it a rest and then try using it. Also, check the fuel level and plug.

No Spark

If there is no spark when you turn on your engine, it has problems with the ignition coil. You can not repair it. It is best to replace it with a new ignition coil.

High Fuel Consumption

If you think that the machine is consuming a high amount of fuel that is more than usual, give it rest. It is happening because your engine is overloaded. And also clean the dirt in the engine.


Overheating is an important issue. Check the fuel level and of course, use the proper fuel.

how to Test Kohler Ignition Coil

How will you know your ignition coil has problems? The answer is a spark test. How to do it? Ok, follow the procedures below:

First Procedure

  • First of all turn off the engine
  • Disconnect the spark plug lead.
  • Inspect for any kind of damage. If you find one, replace it.
  • Connect the ignition test tool
  • Use a jumper wire to ground and Leave the spark plug installed
  • Now pull the starter rope. If you can see a spark, then the ignition system is ok.
  • If you don’t see any spark, move to the second procedure

Second Procedure

  • Disconnect kill lead from the ignition module
  • Pull the starter rope. If you see the spark, the ignition module is good to go.
  • If still there is no spark, proceed to the third procedure.

Third Procedure

  • Now inspect any kill circuit components for any fault. Kill switch, oil sensor, and oil alert unit are the components.
  • Remove the machine cover to get access to the ignition module and  the kill lead for any kind of problems
  • If possible, disconnect the kill lead and retake the test.
  • If there is still no spark, it is confirmed that you have problems with the ignition coil. So replace it to get it to work again.

How To Replace Ignition Coil

Now you need to replace the ignition coil. Here is how you can do it.

Tools you Need:

  1. Screwdriver
  2. New ignition coil
  3. Business card or a thin card

1st step: Disconnect the spark pipe wire

  • Pull the wire off from the spark plug

2nd step: Removing the blower housing

  • There is a starter rope on the handle. Release that.
  • Remove the screws.
  • Pull the blower housing out

3rd step: Removing ignition coil

  • You will see a flywheel magnet. Rotate it away from the ignition coil
  • Disconnect the stop wire.
  • Remove the mounting screws
  • Get rid of the old ignition coil

4th step: Installing a new one

  • Connect the new one
  • Loosely connect the screws
  • Pull the ignition coil as far you can from the flywheel magnet.
  • Tight the screws.
  • Use a thin card to check the gap. You can use a business card or something like that.
  • Rotate the flywheel magnet front to the ignition coil
  • Loose the screws and make the flywheel magnet pull against the ignition coil.
  • Tighten the screws
  • Reconnect the top wire.

5th step: Installing the blower housing

  • Assemble the blower housing and connect the screws.
  • Connect the starter rope with the handle.

6th step: Connect the spark plug wire

  • Connect the spark plug
  • Then pull the starter rope.
  • You will notice a spark, and your ignition coil is good to go.

So, that’s all, for overcoming the Kohler ignition coil problems. We tried to give every details and solution you need with your concerns. Always remember to be cautious while doing these kinds of jobs and always keep your machine clean.

Cleaning the machine regularly makes the machine last longer. And if still, you have any problems. And if you feel it risky to change the coils yourself, it is better to call a mechanic to get the easy solution, but it will cost you money.

Thank you for reading the whole.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the symptoms of a weak ignition coil?

The symptoms of a weak ignition coil is that your machine will get hot and will shut off suddenly

How do you test a Kohler ignition coil?

Check for spark using an ignition test kit. If there you find no spark, the ignition coil has problems

Why is my Kohler engine not firing

If your Kohler engine stopped firing, you have problems with the ignition coil. Replace it.

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