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jturbo10

10-26-2012 15:34:45
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April: There are no dumb questions, however, there are a lot of stupid answers. To help prevent the later, please tell us what year the tractor was produced. That would be a good start for someone to help you find out important facts about your tractor. If you know the year of your tractor, immediately go to Ebay and search for an Operator's Manual for your tractor. This will answer most of your answers on how to service your tractor properly. I've known people who drained their engine oil and added the engine oil to the transmission case. Luckily someone discovered the mistake before any damage was done. My son once drained the transmission on his girlfriends new truck by mistake and overfilled the engine oil crankcase but he figured it out while checking the oil level. Point being, don't operate and service your tractor without an Operator's manual or some help from someone with experience with 2 cylinder tractors. I suspect your tractor is an older hand crank two cylinder tractor. The flywheel will turn left and right easily until the pistons start to develop compression on the firing cycle. If you have petcocks the compression will be lower until you close them after the tractor starts. If this doesn't make any sense you need to cease and get the manual. This forum is very helpful and I encourage you to use it answer your questions. It has saved me lots of time and money when I needed some help.

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AprilH

10-27-2012 08:54:25
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 Re: John Deere A questions. in reply to jturbo10, 10-26-2012 15:34:45  
The tractor is either a 45 or 46 depending on whose table you look at. It is electric start, but the battery is dead, that is why we tried turning by hand. We talked to a guy at the auction that supposedly knew the guy that owned the tractor and used it for him. He said that it ran recently. My husband thinks that maybe it has some rust in there and that is causing it to stick. The guy said that the tractor only got used about once a year, the rest of the time it just sat around. My husband was thinking of pulling the spark plugs and putting some sort of lubricant down them, what would you suggest? Or would you suggest a different approach all together? I have ordered a service, operator and parts manual off of e-bay like you suggested. Thanks for all the help.

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A GURU

10-27-2012 19:02:11
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 Re: John Deere A questions. in reply to AprilH, 10-27-2012 08:54:25  
Pulling the spark plugs and having a look in the cylinder is a good idea. As stated by others, a stuck valve can cause some resistance, as can junk in the clutch pulley. It won't hurt anything to shoot a little lube in the cylinder, if it's relatively clean inside. Try rolling it over with the plugs out, pull the clutch cover off and see if you can detect if something is dragging in the clutch. Take the valve cover off and look at the valvetrain to make sure it is moving freely. I wouldn't be to forceful until you know what is causing the problem. An Operaters Manual and Parts Book will be very helpful to you. If you are interested, I can roughly estimate when your tractor was built from the serial number and a little math, and tell you whether it is truly a 45 or 46 model. I'm guessing from what you said that it is between 555334 and 558817. I gather info on letter series tractors, in particular model "A". No pressure, and e-mail is open if you prefer.

Welcome to the forum and JD. Hope you get it going without too much cost or trouble..........especially the cost part.

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AprilH

10-27-2012 19:44:51
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 Re: John Deere A questions. in reply to A GURU, 10-27-2012 19:02:11  
Thanks for the info and the welcome. The Serial Number is 554xxx. Didn"t put all the numbers in that is what the x"s are for. We put it in high gear, clutch engaged. Husband pushed on the tire and engine turned with little resistance and no noise. I guess now all we need to really worry about is electrical and fuel system. I have purchase all manuals off of e-bay.



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A GURU

10-27-2012 21:55:39
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 Re: John Deere A questions. in reply to AprilH, 10-27-2012 19:44:51  
Glad to hear you got it rolling around okay. Once you get your service manuals you'll want to check out the different procedures for keeping them in good repair.
Your tractor is a 1945 model by any of the reliable lists available. If I split your number in the middle, 554500 would have likely been built fairly close to 5/12/45, as a pretty late 45 model.
Enjoy your tractor.



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