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TO30 starter removal

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07-21-2014 08:39:21

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I have a TO30 tractor that runs great... except that, as of yesterday, the starter turns but does not engage the flywheel.

I obviously need to either replace the starter, or the maybe only the starter drive.

But, it looks like it"s going to be very difficult (if not impossible) to remove the starter without also removing the distributor and possibly the ignition coil. I would really like to avoid affecting the ignition timing, as the tractor runs perfectly as it is.

So my question: is it possible to replace the starter without removing (or unbolting) the distributor? (The ignition coil isn"t such a big deal to remove and reinstall).



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07-21-2014 16:52:58

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 Re: TO30 starter removal in reply to JeffInCO, 07-21-2014 08:39:21  
Most all starters will bump into the horizontal bolt that locks the turn on the dist.I shortened that bolt and have no clearance issues.

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ebo wv

07-21-2014 09:32:48

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 Re: TO30 starter removal in reply to JeffInCO, 07-21-2014 08:39:21  
I think the TO30 is the same as TO35. Just loosen Bolts. Starter will angle down. Wiggle a little and it will slide out.

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Dan S (NY)

07-21-2014 09:32:29

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 Re: TO30 starter removal in reply to JeffInCO, 07-21-2014 08:39:21  
On both my TO20 and TO30 removing the starter doesn't require removing anything else. One wire, two bolts and out it comes.


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07-21-2014 09:26:20

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 Re: TO30 starter removal in reply to JeffInCO, 07-21-2014 08:39:21  
It should clear the distributor OK, it will tip up or down as it is pulled out. Never had to remove the coil or distributor on any I have worked on.

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07-21-2014 09:46:25

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 Re: TO30 starter removal in reply to Dieseltech, 07-21-2014 09:26:20  
Thanks for all of the quick replies! I'm glad to hear that replacing the starter should be a quick and easy task.

I ordered a replacement starter from this site (need a running tractor ASAP!)

Thanks again,


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07-21-2014 14:08:56

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 Re: TO30 starter removal in reply to JeffInCO, 07-21-2014 09:46:25  
I recently replaced my starter on my 52 TO30. The old starter came out fine, but the new starter was a tad longer (for some unknown reason)and, like you, I did NOT want to pull the distributor. After lots of messing around, I did end up having to pull it to get the starter in. I did mark the distributor with a grease pencil so was able to get it pretty close with only minor tweeking to get the timing good. Sorry!!

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don hooks

07-21-2014 21:26:55

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 Re: TO30 starter removal in reply to TimFranktown, 07-21-2014 14:08:56  
ditto! New starter was longer but careful marking let me get the timing back.

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