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So I traded up to a 540 yesterday. I really needed the power steering due to my chronic shoulder problems. The steering killed me on my 500. I noticed when I got it home that it really didn't have any throttle between idle and WOT. Meaning if I moved the throttle lever back and forth, it seemed it would just jump to one or the other. I also noticed when idling down it would fall on its face. Sometimes it would recover but other times it died. It really bothered me since my 500 was baby smooth. Engaging the PTO would also bring it to its knees and it too would kill the engine at times. I took it back to the dealer and a service guy informed me that Kawasaki has the new liquid cooled engines leaned out to the max to pass emissions. I also was told this was the last year that Kawasaki was making a vertical shaft liquid cooled because of emissions standards. We tested out a few other 540's and they were better than mine but still not like my 500. If they don't have a solution tomorrow I am really thinking about going back to a 530. I only got the 540 because with the rebate it was only $300 more. I guess what I am getting at is, has anyone else experienced this and has it gotten better with use? They told me it will probably get better but probably wont cut it when it doesn't and I cant return it. I am also concerned about it running that lean, I know that can cause issues as well. I only put 50 or so hours a year on one so the liquid cooled is not necessary, I just liked the tilt steering and seat.
 

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That sounds very unusual to me. I'd definitely be talking to the dealer, especially if other identical models were behaving a lot better than yours.
 

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The movement of the throttle levers on the others felt the same but they just ran a little better. It almost reminds me of my tiller, its like they want it either running WOT or idling. My daughter demands "tractor" rides every evening and I don't like running it wide open, usually half throttle or less. It just seems weird to me and I am not sure what to think.
 

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Got it back from the dealer. The first service guy told me it was normal and all the 540's on the lot did it, which they did. Then another guy heard the discussion and he adjusted the throttle stop screw. Problem solved. I guess it was closing the throttle and killing the engine then the governor was picking it back up. The throttle is loosening up also now after some use. For some reason all 6 of the 540's they had were like this.
 

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Excellent! Thanks for reporting back what the issue was. :hi:
 

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X2 ^^^^^
 

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Glad it was an easy fix, now you can get on to enjoying that machine


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Got it back from the dealer. The first service guy told me it was normal and all the 540's on the lot did it, which they did. Then another guy heard the discussion and he adjusted the throttle stop screw. Problem solved.
It sounds to me like You just identified the "preferred service guy" to work on your tractor should it need to return to the dealer......
 

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It sounds to me like You just identified the "preferred service guy" to work on your tractor should it need to return to the dealer......
Yes definitely! Although I rarely take things to the shop because I just don't trust anyone! My 500 was flawless and I am hoping my 540 will follow in its footsteps now. I had a 485 several years ago and man I sure am glad to have power steering again.
 

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Yes definitely! Although I rarely take things to the shop because I just don't trust anyone!
This is becoming a very common place statement and feeling these days... I do just about everything myself these days because my experiences have been horrendous with these tech school grads that really aren't naturally mechanically inclined so they just can't figure it out. A valuable mechanic should be able to get paid well, but doesn't seem to work that way to incentivize the best, sad.


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I hate it when others work on my cars and equipment but sometimes we have no choice. Sad is an understatement.
 
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