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JD R how to bleed fuel lines.

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04-08-2002 17:55:11

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My John Deere R ran out of fuel and I cannot get it to start again. Made several attempts to bleed air out of system but it still won't fire. Any suggestions?

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04-08-2002 19:53:07

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 Re: JD R how to bleed fuel lines. in reply to Steve, 04-08-2002 17:55:11  
Steve there is a fuel control valve(on some,on the left top of fuel filter housing, set valve to PRIME) and 3 bleed ports as you stand facing the filters, bleed left one first, then close and open far right one, then close it and bleed center one, it bleeds injection pump. Now as I found with my buddies it takes a few min for fuel to reach the injectors with FULL throttle, so give it a little time. If it don't take off rebleed all ports again.
Hope this helps get the ole girl going again.
Don't feel bad, I have made 3 trips to my buddies to get his R bleed out, think I will buy him a full tank of fuel.
If your's is electric start Email me and I will tell you how to bleed it without turning the engine.

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04-08-2002 19:35:56

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 Re: JD R how to bleed fuel lines. in reply to Steve, 04-08-2002 17:55:11  
on the top of the engine,there is a plate,about 12"by 18" held down with 2 bolts.remove this plate,you will find the injector pumps,on each side you will find two 1/8 npt pipe plugs,take them out and leave out until fuel runs out.replace plugs.loosen line to injectors and start pony motor,turn engine over until fuel squirts out of injector lines,tighten lines and start engine.the plate is on top of engine just back from the valve cover

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04-08-2002 18:11:32

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 Re: JD R how to bleed fuel lines. in reply to Steve, 04-08-2002 17:55:11  

I've never bled an "R", but I'm guessing that it's the same as my 70D.

1) Make sure you have fuel showing in the sediment bowl.
2) Crack the 1st stage bleed screw at the fuel filter. Let fuel run until it is clear of bubbles. Tighten screw 3)Crack the 2nd or final stage bleed screw at the fuel filter. Let fuel run until it is clear of bubbles. Tighten screw.
4)Onthe side of the engine block, near where the governor linkage attached, is a similar screw. Remove this screw and run fuel out until it is bubble free. tighten screw.

That's it. The screws are either 1/2" (I think) or 9/16" hex head and have small aluminum washers for sealing under them.

Hope that's right !


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04-08-2002 18:12:30

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 Re: Re: JD R how to bleed fuel lines. in reply to Frank-in-Tallahassee, 04-08-2002 18:11:32  
When I say crack the screws, you will need to remove them to let the fuel run free.


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04-09-2002 18:14:40

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 Re: Re: Re: JD R how to bleed fuel lines. in reply to More..., 04-08-2002 18:12:30  
Thanks for all of the help. My 18 year old son followed your instructions and had it running in less that 2 hours.

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