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Re: 318 charging light problems

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Lee Richards

03-01-2014 06:43:21

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I have a JD 318 with a onan b43g that I bought from a fella that was experiencing the same thing you did. He finally got fed up with always fixing things and sold it to me. He told me that it was his dad's tractor and when his dad died he got it from his mom in exchange for mowing her grass. I tore it apart and found mud caked inside everywhere you could imagine.[even under the foam of the seat] I asked him if it was ever in a flood or under-water, which he didn't know but his mom thought that her husband bought it from a fella that lived by the river. Long story and many repairs later, the only thing that you may be able to do is the same thing. tear it all apart and clean everything. The tractor has been fine for me, but the motor now needs a overhaul at only 2000 hours. I put on 1000 of these hours with only a few new parts.

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Lee Richards

03-02-2014 08:58:20

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 Re: 318 charging light problems in reply to bdunegan, 03-01-2014 06:43:21  
Check all grounding conections and fuse [2] by the battery behind the dash, I replaced the inline glass fuse holders with female spades so that I could use the newer plug in fuses that come in autos and trucks today. you may show a charge but it may be the meter not showing a fluxuation in the charge. [digital or analog meter] Batery post and cables ends must be shiny clean. As I mentioned with my 318, it was a problem for the previous owner, and I gambled and tore the tractor all apart over one winter and cleaned mud and rust out of places I would not believe water could get into without being totaly submerged in a lake or river. Electrical current always takes the path of least resistance and will baffel the best mechanics.

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03-01-2014 20:24:53

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 Re: 318 charging light problems in reply to Lee Richards, 03-01-2014 06:43:21  
My 318 has blinked the charging light ever since I got it (about 1200 hrs on the clock before it quit). However, I have put my voltmeter on it occasionally when the light is on and it has always been charging. (Except for that one time when the regulator WAS actually bad. And the light still blinks with the new regulator.)

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