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Re: Wheel Horse 244-5 STILL won't crank with key

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El Toro

06-10-2013 18:06:06

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You should look for a wire that goes from your switch to your solenoid. Usually when you make an attempt to start either by twisting a key or pushing a starter button voltage is fed to your solenoid causing the bendix drive to engage your ring gear on your flywheel. You should only have voltage to your solenoid when making a start.
Check for a wire from your switch to your solenoid
have a helper to make an attempt to crank over the engine once you find the wire. Use your volt meter to check for voltage when the helper try's to crank over the engine. If there no voltage you may have a broken wire between the switch and solenoid. You're bypassing your starter switch when you jumper the solenoid. Run a separate wire from your battery to where your wire from the
switch is connected and just touch it to see if the engine cranks. Hal

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Edd In KY

06-11-2013 06:47:08

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 Re: Wheel Horse 244-5 STILL won't crank with key in reply to El Toro, 06-10-2013 18:06:06  
Thanks for the help. Unfortunately, the crank wire from the starter switch goes thru a very complex junction box with fuses and (and relays?) and changes color so I am unable to trace the wire inside the junction box.
Can I run a wire directly from the crank terminal of the starter switch to the tab of the solenoid to energize the starter? I realize that that would override the safety mechanizims, But I have few safety switches on my MF50 and 65, and get along ok.

Also, any idea where I can get a carburetor bowl for this tractor, parts tree does not have any?

Many thanks

last sentence of prior note should read

"Electrical intrigue and mystery are NOT my favorite pastime". Edd

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El Toro

06-11-2013 12:40:40

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 Re: Wheel Horse 244-5 STILL won't crank with key in reply to Edd In KY, 06-11-2013 06:47:08  
You can try that as long as it only cranks the engine when making a start. Hal

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