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Re: Farmall Smta won't start

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El Toro

12-25-2012 08:44:24

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If you have a distributor make sure your battery is fully charged. Check the specific gravity using a hydrometer of each cell and write the readings down. Should see 1.280 on each cell.
If the battery voltage is dropping too low during
cranking you may not have enough battery voltage for the igniton. Hal

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12-25-2012 14:11:49

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 Re: Farmall Smta won't start in reply to El Toro, 12-25-2012 08:44:24  
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A volt meter while cranking would be the quick and dirty way around playin with battery acid.

Also, a good key to having too low of voltage is thwt the tractor starts when you let off the starter.

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El Toro

12-25-2012 18:33:54

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 Re: Farmall Smta won't start in reply to sflem849, 12-25-2012 14:11:49  
Low voltage won't tell you what what's causing the problem. Specific gravity will tell you quickly if you have weak or dead cell. Hal

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12-25-2012 19:02:13

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But it sure is a lot quicker and easier. Not to mention you are not playing with a very strong acid. It will also tell you if you need to look into the battery using your methods.

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El Toro

12-26-2012 03:59:03

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 Re: Farmall Smta won't start in reply to sflem849, 12-25-2012 19:02:13  

I'll stick with my method. I don't thnk you've been around batteries very much. We did a lot of cold starting on military vehicles. Some had 8 large batteries. Hal

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