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Hello all. I have a rattle coming from my 210. Sounds like a penny dropped in an aluminum can and shaken. It is intermittent, but basically happens constantly. I have narrowed it to the location in the picture and you can almost feel it if you put your hand on the side (about 3-4 inches above the variator adjustment knock-outs and 2 inches to the right of the variator adj arm)--something appears to be hitting there, or hitting elsewhere and causing me to think it is there? Any ideas?? Thanks in advance. Brian
 

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I am planning on going to look at a 335 john deere with a neighbor. How many hours are to many for these machines? I know how they are taken care of helps out on this. Not sure how long the kawasaki's will last, or if there are known problems with them. I have emailed the party that has it for sale and waiting to hear back from them. Any input would be great. Thanks Aaron
 

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Aaron,
The Kawasaki engines are great engines, but parts can be pricey. The main concern is on the older 335s that had the plastic cam gear. Basically pre-1999 had them. You can get a steel cam replacement kit from Deere. In the Technical FAQ section here, there is a thread from Tom Ingels on replacing the plastic cam gear.

(Message edited by treed on June 28, 2011)
 

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Hi Aaron, It's tough to say. I have a 445 with almost 1600 hours still doing well, and another 445 with 575 hours and a worn out engine. I took a 285 up to around 1850 hours before it needed a rebuild.

If you could do a quick compression check, that would tell you a lot about the life left in the engine, though that may be awkward to do depending on the seller.

Good luck,
Dave
 

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I do not believe the 335 had the plastic cam gear. The 345 had it until 1999. Engine was the Kawasaki FD590V twin cylinder liquid cooled. I have had two of them. One is in my current 345 and has been changed to steel.
 
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