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Re: Evaluating a previous 12v conversion on a 4020

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03-05-2013 14:11:21

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Tx Jim said: (quoted from post at 10:47:41 03/05/13) I would also install the extra starter relay if one already wasn't there.

Okay, I'm going to show my ignorance of diesel and/or tractor electronics, but what does the "extra" starter relay do? Where does it go- between the battery and solenoid?

Maybe I'm stuck thinking in terms of automotive electrical systems, but I just can't figure why you would need a relay in addition to the starter solenoid!
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03-05-2013 15:35:16

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 Re: Evaluating a previous 12v conversion on a 4020 in reply to belaw, 03-05-2013 14:11:21  
The starter relay that JD adopted for later model tractors relieves some of the elect. load on the ing & neutral starting switches and allows for more amps(voltage) to be transferred to the excite wire(yellow colored) on the starter solenoid IE better starter operation. Here's an example of a relay kit but it came out of a JD utility parts catalog instead of a rowcrop but the principle is the same.
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Brent in WI

03-05-2013 16:21:15

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 Re: Evaluating a previous 12v conversion on a 4020 in reply to Tx Jim, 03-05-2013 15:35:16  
TX Jim is 100% correct as the second starter relay makes a big improvement. I converted my 3020 and it intermitantly would just click. I spent hours going through all the contacts with minimal luck. I then put in a second relay and it starts every time now. I think the contacts get enough corrosion after 40 years and just won't carry the load as well. I did the same thing to a 2510 and it made a big difference there too.

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03-05-2013 17:27:13

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 Re: Evaluating a previous 12v conversion on a 4020 in reply to Brent in WI, 03-05-2013 16:21:15  
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So the point of the "extra" relay is to make sure that enough juice flows to trigger the solenoid when the starter button is pressed? I need to keep telling myself this isn't a small block Chevy....

Is there a specific relay recommended for this application, or will your basic automotive cube relay handle the load?


P.S. This forum is great!

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Brent in WI

03-05-2013 18:07:14

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 Re: Evaluating a previous 12v conversion on a 4020 in reply to belaw, 03-05-2013 17:27:13  
Correct. I don't remember what amp rating of a relay I bought but the heavier duty the better considering it's a tractor.

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