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Old 03-25-2011, 03:22 PM   post #1 of 2 (permalink)
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Default Warning....John Deere 345 or any with Kawasaki engine

If own a John Deere mower with Kawasaki engine and it is an older model, check if has drain hose at bottom of fuel pump. Own a JD 345 that had a fuel pump diaphragm failure and fuel leaked out of fuel pump drain hole on to the hot exhaust and mower CAUGHT FIRE. The carbarutor and fuel pump are on the front of the engine just ABOVE the muffler. A leak from either will drop on hot muffler and cause a fire. Later models have a drain hose routing any leaks away from the muffler. A friend of mine and I (both with JD mowers with Kawasaki engine of same design) had our mowers catch fire from gas leaks on to the muffler within a week of each other. Dealer claimed no knowledge of number of fires caused by this design flaw. When dealer repaired mower (at cost of almost $2000...yes that much damage) the new fuel pump came with the hose to divert any leaks away from muffler. Thus John Deere must of knew of problem. My question to John Deere...Why not a recall? Wonder how many mowers and even homes have been lost to fire from this design flaw. My friends mower caught fire after mowing and he was airing up a tire when saw flames and used a fire extinguisher to kill the flames. Any others out there who may have had a JD fire and wondered why?
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:20 AM   post #2 of 2 (permalink)
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As you can tell from my sig, I have had a few JD 345/Gx345 and love them.
The 1996 345 had the old fuel pump my 2000 345 had the updated one when I bought it new. This is a big problem I know JD had a recall to the original owner of these tractors but after they were resold a few times without ever being updated. If you have an older one you better take a look at which fuel pump you have. I have heard of people having there garages burn down because of this.
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