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Re: IH 300 Utility Starting Issue

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03-02-2013 17:19:27

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Couple of things to check so you head the right way. #1 check your spark and make sure it is a blue white spark that jumps a 1/4 inch gap or more. #2 check your air cleaner and make sure it is not full of water/dirt and maybe change its oil. #3 pull the carb drain plug and make sure you have a good steady flow of gas for a few minutes. Catch the gas to make sure it does not have water and or dirt in it. You after doing all those things try adjusting the main jet. Screw it in all the way then out say 4 full turns and if you have spark etc give it a try

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todd hamilton

03-02-2013 17:28:33

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 Re: IH 300 Utility Starting Issue in reply to old, 03-02-2013 17:19:27  
Yeah everything old said they are touchy and cold natured. Dad kept distributor cap, condenser, points and plugs on hand for the one at the farm. Also how stale is the gas in it. If it is ethonal blended over 90 days old I could see a 300 running bad real easy

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03-02-2013 17:39:58

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 Re: IH 300 Utility Starting Issue in reply to todd hamilton, 03-02-2013 17:28:33  
The 300U I have here has always been and easy start tractor as long as the spark is good and the other stuff I have said.

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todd hamilton

03-02-2013 19:44:54

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 Re: IH 300 Utility Starting Issue in reply to old, 03-02-2013 17:39:58  
Ours sure wasn't they used to but a block under the loader bucket when parking it in anticipation of pulling it to start. I remember distributor caps being problematic (this in the 70s) now if the spark was good like you said ran great but still cold natured to start. I agree all ih cold natured, choke and let them warm up.

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03-03-2013 09:29:33

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 Re: IH 300 Utility Starting Issue in reply to todd hamilton, 03-02-2013 19:44:54  
The 340 we have I have to choke it real good and play with the choke after it starts till warm then it runs good

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Mark Robke

03-03-2013 15:08:44

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 Re: IH 300 Utility Starting Issue in reply to old, 03-03-2013 09:29:33  
Along with our 300 utility, we had a 340 utility when I was a kid. The 300 always cranked slow and was cold natured,but always started. The 340 cranked well and almost never needed to choked, and ran perfect imediately. My uncle and dad tried another carb on it; still did not need to be choked to start.

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03-02-2013 19:29:26

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 Re: IH 300 Utility Starting Issue in reply to old, 03-02-2013 17:39:58  
Its an IH, choke the crap out of it.

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