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Ford 8n cranking problem

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Gary w adams

10-17-2012 14:55:07

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I have a ford 8n it will crank and run about 30 seconds and want crank back for awhile. it has gas and spark. dont know what to do also it will only crank with throttle all the way open. any one know what to do.

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Dell (WA)

10-17-2012 19:09:27

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 Re: Ford 8n cranking problem in reply to Gary w adams, 10-17-2012 14:55:07  
Gary w do know that the 8N engine has 2-types of dizzys, don't you??? The weird 4-nipple frontmount (points = 0.015") and the more common looking 5-nipple sidemount (points = 0.025") In either case, replace yer BAD condenser. BAD condensers have about 1-min runtime and then about 1-hr of cool down time.

And fer yer info, ittza 2-bolt, 15-min job to remove the weird 4-nipple frontmount and change and adjust the points (0.015") on the kitchen table. Just un-snapple yer capple and letter dangle. Installation is a reverse of the installation ...except... finger start yer 2-bolts and install yer rotor. Now rotate yer rotor until the OFF-SET drive tang fits into the camshaft OFF-SET drive slot. Using the OFF-SET scheme, the dizzy is always in time. Now tighten yer 2-bolts and re-snapple yer capple. Simple, eh?

Remember to "polish" the INVISIBLE corrosion from between the points (0.015") after installation. I clamp a clean $1-bill between the points and pull. Iff'n yer really cheap, tear a strip from HEAVY brown paper grocery sack and use that. ........Dell, yer self-appointed sparkie-meister

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10-17-2012 17:11:32

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 Re: Ford 8n cranking problem in reply to Gary w adams, 10-17-2012 14:55:07  
First off check your spark and make sure it is a blue/white and will jump a 1/4 inch gap or more. Next pull the carb drain plug and make sure you have a good steady flow of gas for say 5 minutes. Catch it to make sure it is not full of water/dirt and or rust. If you have both theses then it should run if it does in fact fire up in the first place

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Bruce (VA)

10-17-2012 15:25:44

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 Re: Ford 8n cranking problem in reply to Gary w adams, 10-17-2012 14:55:07  
We need to all speak the same language.

By " crank & run" do you mean "start and run"?

To a lot of people "crank" means the engine turning over. When you say it won't crank, that could mean it will not turnover.

It is important for you to tell us if your tractor has a 6 volt or 12 volt electrical system & if the distributor is on the front of the engine or on the side. The troubleshooting is different based upon the configuration of your engine.

It takes three things for an engine to run: spark at the right time, compression, & fuel in the right mixture. For the moment, forget about compression & concentrate on narrowing the problem down to spark or fuel.

There are three very important tools you always need to have in your N tool box: a 3 inch piece of wire w/ alligator clips on each end, an old spark plug w/ the gap opened to at least 3/16Ē ( ľĒ is better) and a 7/16 box end wrench. (see tip # 50 at the link below) And, you really do need a working ammeter on the tractor; it is a very important diagnostic tool. With these tools, you can quickly narrow down most N problems to spark or fuel.

Next time it stops, check quickly for fuel then spark. When I say quickly, I mean get off the seat, grab the tools & do it right then. Do not wait a minute or two. First, check for fuel. Get a can & put it under the carb. Remove the bolt in the bottom of the carb; as long as the fuel is turned on, you should see gas flowing out of the carb. Let it run for at least 30 seconds. If itís a dribble, or runs for 5 seconds & stops, or none at all, you have solved half the problem: itís fuel related. If gas flows well out of the carb & only stops when you turn it off at the sediment bowl, chances are very good itís not a fuel problem. So, next, turn the key on, crank the engine & look at the ammeter. What is the needle doing? Does it show a constant discharge, no movement at all, or does it move back & forth slightly? Next, get the old plug, ground it to a rust & paint free spot on the engine, turn the key on & crank the engine. If the spark jumps the 3/16Ē gap, you probably donít have a spark problem. If it wonít jump the 3/16Ē gap, you have a spark problem. If the ammeter needle shows a constant discharge, or doesnít move at all, that also tells you that you have a spark problem. Jump the ignition switch w/ your jumper wire & see what happens. If it runs, you found the problem. If it doesnít have spark after you jump the ignition switch, post back for more info on further troubleshooting. (and do not forget to turn the ignition switch off; see tip # 38)

If it does not have gas coming out of the carb at a steady stream w/ the bolt out for at least 30 seconds, you have a fuel problem. First, remove the gas cap. Your vent could be clogged & it vacuum locked. If that doesnít work, tap the carb bowl w/ a hammer handle in case the float is sticking closed. (donít whack it w/ the head of the hammer; you can crack the bowl). If you still donít see gas flowing, the N has three fuel screens; one in the brass elbow, one in the top of the sediment bowl & one on the stem of the sediment bowl in the gas tank. Check the screen in the elbow & the screen in the top of the sediment bowl. (donít worry about the one in the tank) Both probably need to be cleaned. If you have the fuel knob turned on all the way, & 1 gallon or less in the tank, it may be trying to feed off of the reserve inlet which is probably clogged. Only open it 2 full turns. Put at least 2 gallons in the tank. (and do not forget to turn the gas off; see tip # 9)

There are ways to check for spark & fuel that work & ways that don't. For example, having gas to the carb is nice, but having it past the float is what counts! Thatís why removing the 7/16Ē bolt in the bottom of the carb is the way to check for fuel. And, same thing w/ spark at the plugs. Some folks think that checking for spark means pulling a plug wire off & looking for one. Well, it's the distance the spark jumps at the plug that gives you the info you want. It takes about 17kv to jump a 3/16" gap & 22kv to jump ľĒ in the open air. Remember, itís 14psi outside of the engine & about 90psi at a 6:1 compression ratio in the cylinders & compressed air creates electrical resistance, so you really need the 17-22kv to fire the plugs when the engine is running. A store bought plug checker will work better than an old plug because it wonít shock the snot out of you like an old plug might!

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Gary w adams

10-17-2012 20:52:36

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 Re: Ford 8n cranking problem in reply to Bruce (VA), 10-17-2012 15:25:44  
Yes it will start and run for about 30 seconds and then stops and will not start again for a while. it is 12 volt and front mount dist.i can not make it run longer than that. it does have spark and has fuel coming out of carb drain.

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10-18-2012 06:55:29

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 Re: Ford 8n cranking problem in reply to Gary w adams, 10-17-2012 20:52:36  
starting and stopping, AND it has spark at stop.. and you see fuel running out.

figure fuel issue.

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Bruce (VA)

10-18-2012 04:41:08

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 Re: Ford 8n cranking problem in reply to Gary w adams, 10-17-2012 20:52:36  
" it does have spark and has fuel coming out of carb drain"


If it has spark & fuel as you say, then it must be running & you can't hear it.

Or maybe it really does not have spark or fuel 30 seconds after it starts and you did not check for one or the other correctly.

That's why I sent you a detailed explanation telling you how to specifically check for spark & fuel as soon as it stops.

Have you done that & didn't tell us? Does the spark jump a 1/4" gap? Does the fuel run out of the carb bowl for at least 30 seconds & only stop when you turn the knob off?

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