The Kawasaki FC540V is a 535 cc (32.65 cu-in) single-cylinder air-cooled 4-stroke internal combustion small gasoline engine with vertical shaft manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries LTd., for general-purpose applications.
The FC540V engine has an OHV (overhead valve) design; cast-iron cylinder liner; reciprocating balancer; float type carburetor with fixed main jet; flywheel magneto transistor type ignition system; mechanical governor; low tone muffler; electric shift-type starter with an automatic compression release.
The engine uses semi cyclone-type air cleaner with the dual element; full pressure lubrication system with spin-on oil filter and pulse type fuel pump with the inline fuel filter. The Kawasaki FC540V could be equipped with 12V (3A or 15A) charging coil.
Bore and stroke are 89.0 mm (3.5 in) and 86.0 mm (3.39 in), respectively. Compression ratio rating is 8.3:1. The Kawasaki FC540V motor produced 17.3 PS (12.7 kW; 17.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm of horsepower and 36.7 Nm (3.74 kg·m; 27.08 ft·lb) at 2,400 rpm of torque.
|Type||4-stroke, OHV, single cylinder|
|Displacement||535 cm 3 (32.65 cu-in)|
|Max. horsepower||17.3 PS (12.7 KW; 17.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm|
|Max. torque||36.7 Nm (3.74 kg·m; 27.08 ft·lb) at 2,400 rpm|
|Carburetor||Float type with fixed main jet|
|Ignition system||Flywheel magneto transistor type|
|Lubricating system||Full pressurized|
|Starting system||Electric starter (shift type)|
|Fuel used||Unleaded gasoline (octane number 86 or higher)|
|Fuel tank capacity||–|
|Fuel consumption||245 g/HPh|
|PTO shaft rotation||Counterclockwise (from PTO shaft side)|
Dimensions and Weight
|Length||490 mm (19.3 in)|
|Width||447 mm (17.6 in)|
|Height||438 mm (17.2 in)|
|Dry weight||45.4 kg (100.1 lbs)|
|Cylinder bore:||89.0 mm (3.5 in)|
|Piston stroke:||86.0 mm (3.39 in)|
|Cylinder internal diameter (standard):||89.076 mm (3.5069 in)|
|Number of piston rings (compression / oil):||2/1|
|Connecting rod big end diameter (standard):||41.068 mm (1.6168 in)|
|Connecting rod small end diameter (standard):||22.059 mm (0.8685 in)|
|Piston pin diameter:||21.977 mm (0.8652 in)|
|Side clearance (Top):||0.170 mm (0.0067 in)|
|Side clearance (Second):||0.150 mm (0.0059 in)|
|Side clearance (Oil):||0.200 mm (0.0079 in)|
|Ring end gap (Top):||0.900 mm (0.0354 in)|
|Ring end gap (Second):||0.900 mm (0.0354 in)|
|Number of main bearings:||2|
|Crankshaft main journal diameter:||
PTO side: 37.904 mm (1.4923 in)
Flywheel side: 34.945 mm (1.3758 in)
|Crankpin journal diameter:||40.928 mm (1.6113 in)|
|Crankshaft center distance:||43.0 mm (1.695 in)|
|Valve steam diameter (INTAKE):||6.930 mm (0.2728 in)|
|Valve steam diameter (EXHAUST):||6.915 mm (0.2722 in)|
|Valve spring free length (INTAKE):||37.5 mm (1.4764 in)|
|Valve spring free length (EXHAUST):||37.5 mm (1.4764 in)|
|Camshaft lobe height (INTAKE):||37.10 mm (1.4606 in)|
|Camshaft lobe height (EXHAUST):||37.10 mm (1.4606 in)|
|Camshaft journal diameter :||20.912 mm (0.8233 in)|
|Maximum speed||3,500 ± 100 rpm|
|Idle speed||1,500 ± 150 rpm|
|Cylinder compression||5.0 kg/cm2 (70 psi)|
|Intake valve||0.15 mm (0.006 in)|
|Exhaust valve||0.15 mm (0.006 in)|
|Oil type||4-stroke or an equivalent (SF, SE, SD)|
|Recommended oil||SAE 10W-30, 10W-40|
|Oil capacity||1.6 L (1.7 US. qt)|
|Spark plug||NGK: BPR5ES;|
|Spark plug gap||0.7-0.8 mm (0.028-0.031 in)|
|Ignition coil air gap||0.3 mm (0.012 in)|
Tightening torque specs
|Tightening torque specs||Cylinder head||52 Nm; 5.2 kg·m; 38.3 ft·lb|
|Connecting rod||20 Nm; 2.0 kg·m; 14.7 ft·lb|
|Flywheel||172 Nm; 17.5 kg·m; 127 ft·lb|
|Crankcase cover||26 Nm; 2.6 kg·m; 19.2 ft·lb|
|Oil drain plug||23 Nm; 2.3 kg·m; 16.7 ft·lb|
|Valve clearance lock nut||20 Nm; 2.0 kg·m; 14.7 ft·lb|
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I have a John Deere 180 with the Kawasaki Fc540v having issues with it charging, I replaced the regulator and that didn’t change anything, voltmeter says 12.4 across the battery when running..how do I check the stator to see if that’s the problem?? Thank you…
Test the stator using the wires coming from under the flywheel with ohmeter. Should be13_14 volts. Stator may be bad or very dirty.
If you only have 12.4 while running then you have A bad stator while running you should be getting almost 13.8 to 14.2 volts while running you can check that at the battery connections. 12.4 is not enough to charge your battery. You might also check you wiring that comes from the stator unerneth the battery tray Is where those wires come back and go to the voltage regulator . Make sure you don’t have any bad connections or bRe or broke wires..but sound to me like bad stator
two wires coming from under flywheel should produce at 30 to 40 volts AC
I have a John Deere 260 and run a 30 inch tiller on it. It had a 540 on it but decided to quit running and all i could find locally is a 420. Since i have changed engine my tiller now runs backwards. Any ideas on what has caused this issue? Both engines have same rotation direction.
Bonjour , avez vous toujours le moteur 540 kawa ? je recherche la culasse sur ce moteur
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I have a 540 V engine. In my John Deere trying to test my coil. Don’t know the resistance numbers or voltage numbers just was hoping somebody could help me with the specifications on the coil. So I can check to see if it’s bad or good. Also, I have no spark don’t know why could be the coil though.
Did you ever find the resistance numbers? I have same motor and need the same numbers thank you
Would this be a good replacement for the 12hp Briggs on my Snapper RER?
I have a 1993 john deere gt262 with Kaw 17hp. I currently have no spark. I cleaned the plug, tried another plug. No spark. I have the cover off & the coil reads 10.66 ohms with the meter set at 20K. Is this within spec. IF so where is the stator & how do I check that?
FC540V has no spark through many new plugs but has a perfectly looking, regular spark through a test light. I thought coils either worked at 100% or didn’t work. Could it be that it is not generating enough power for the spark plug to fire?
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