Kawasaki FC540V

Kawasaki FC540VThe 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.

General information

Engine Specifications
ModelFC540V
Type4-stroke, OHV, single cylinder
Displacement535 cm 3 (32.65 cu-in)
Max. horsepower17.3 PS (12.7 KW; 17.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Max. torque36.7 Nm (3.74 kg·m; 27.08 ft·lb) at 2,400 rpm
CarburetorFloat type with fixed main jet
Cooling systemForced-air
Ignition systemFlywheel magneto transistor type
Lubricating systemFull pressurized
Starting systemElectric starter (shift type)
Fuel usedUnleaded gasoline (octane number 86 or higher)
Fuel tank capacity
Fuel consumption245 g/HPh
PTO shaft rotationCounterclockwise (from PTO shaft side)

Dimensions and Weight

Kawasaki FC540V
Length490 mm (19.3 in)
Width447 mm (17.6 in)
Height438 mm (17.2 in)
Dry weight45.4 kg (100.1 lbs)

Service Information

Engine
Maximum speed3,500 ± 100 rpm
Idle speed1,500 ± 150 rpm
Cylinder compression5.0 kg/cm2 (70 psi)
Valve clearance
Intake valve0.15 mm (0.006 in)
Exhaust valve0.15 mm (0.006 in)
Oil system
Oil type4-stroke or an equivalent (SF, SE, SD)
Recommended oilSAE 10W-30, 10W-40
Oil capacity1.6 L (1.7 US. qt)
Ignition system
Spark plugNGK: BPR5ES;
Spark plug gap0.7-0.8 mm (0.028-0.031 in)
Ignition coil air gap0.3 mm (0.012 in)

Tightening torque specs

Tightening torque specs
Cylinder head52 Nm; 5.2 kg·m; 38.3 ft·lb
Connecting rod20 Nm; 2.0 kg·m; 14.7 ft·lb
Flywheel172 Nm; 17.5 kg·m; 127 ft·lb
Crankcase cover26 Nm; 2.6 kg·m; 19.2 ft·lb
Oil drain plug23 Nm; 2.3 kg·m; 16.7 ft·lb
Valve clearance lock nut20 Nm; 2.0 kg·m; 14.7 ft·lb
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5 Comments

  1. 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

  2. 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.

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