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Re: IH utility 300 motor stuck?? Try starter bar.

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Recently had a very, very similar problem with my 350U. The saga is somewhere in these forums. We're talking two months of pouring various mixtures into the spark plug holes.Mostly TRIZOL mixed with ATF. Decided to pull pan to take a look and found same problem with clearance but I blamed it on the frame for the loader/backhoe contraption. What I DID find was that if I raised the front of the thing with a 12 ton jack under the front cross member, the one just under the hyd pump, the wishbone cleared so that I could pull the pan. The front cyl wall was dry and other 3 were wet from all the juice. Of the many helpful ideas that I got on these forums the 'starter bar' was the savior here. Used a 6 inch long 5/8" bolt, filed down the end to the diameter of the bushing in the from of an unused bull nose from same model starter. Opened up 5/8" hole in old starter backing plate and slid some collars on the bolt for alignment. Then slid on an old bendix with starter gear(Minus springs) and welded gear and collars together in the forward (engaged position). Did NOT weld it to bolt. Drilled through collars and made indentations in 5/8"bolt for set screws. Installed 5/8" bolt through backing plate, then the now-one-piece collar/bendix thing. Then set screws. Then the whole thing into the bullnose (front of old starter. I bolted it up the same way I had the starter several thousand times and used a 15/16" socket on a 3/4" drive ratchet and began rocking it gently. After 5 minutes it was spinning freely with the ratchet. Reinstalled the 6 V starter and with a 12 V battery it spins the engine like a top spewing penetrating stuff out the spark plug holes all over the woods. Can't wait to put it back together but it's a hundred miles from where I work here in NY so it's a weekend project.
IN SHORT: Everything you need to know resides on these blogs from people who have thousands of hours (years?) of experience. Hats off to all-Jim

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04-01-2012 17:53:06

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 Re: IH utility 300 motor stuck?? Try starter bar. in reply to linemechanic1, 04-01-2012 17:14:41  
Thanks for the ideas, but I'm way past the stuck engine now. My problem was less with the cylinders, and more to do with the exhaust valves being stuck. After pulling the head, it spins fine. Latest bad news, pulled one rod cap today only to see the journal on the crank is scored, as is the rod bearing.

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