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Kohler 5E, initially water pump impeller no good causing overheat and shut down of motor (overheat switch killed ignition), replaced raw water pump impeller, heat exchanger stays cool, exhaust manifold seems hot to me (by touch, maybe 180-200 deg), engine runs great under load for 10-15 min, then starts to backfire through carburetor, if you shut the main breaker on the gen-set off, it runs smooth again, put under load and runds bad. It seems like a fuel issue (lean under load), but I don't know if it has overheat sensors that would start to switch and make it run bad. Thanks for your help

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You did not say what fuel you running the motor on??? It sounds like it may be LPG or Propane.... is so then it seems as though you do not have enough surface for evaporation...


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