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Re: WONT START! Miller WildCat 350D WELDER

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09-23-2013 17:21:10

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So I didn't have to sit there and hold the button for 15 seconds I give it about 1sec spray but no more. Again I wish dad's and my position were reversed when starting it...myself with the can and HE at the button. For the start after attempting to repair the oil leak...I certainly hope the ether didn't ruin things. Hindsight now says it REALLY DID NOT need that shot.

It has the 4cyl Waukesha, Model VRD155A.
To date, the welder's control face has been within arms reach most of the time. Though did have the leads run out about 20ft when putting a hoist together that was to be used to support the tractor when dealing with wheel mount//dismount. But I see what you mean. Personal preference's aside I'll leave the shut-off safeties in place.

The "non-specific" senders, one of them that was tried had the short stem...that needed an extension to get past the oil filter mount...that was in my grandpas old toolbox. The other was a working (when removed) from my truck when I converted IT over to real gauges. Didn't think the different senders would matter. Clearly Murphy's Box found neither appropriate.

I had gotten a PDF manual off of some time back for the welder but it isn't really of use since all it says to do to fix it is take it to an authorized etc etc. No place like that around here. However it does say what could cause the non-start.

Just had confirmed what was said here, that it is most likely the Murphy box behind the non-start. While I was at work he called up a local parts supply shop that does automotive//offroad//boats and said much the same about the box. Apparently it's an issue on some performance boats as well. If the oil pressure switch...doesn't work proper (it did crimp on me since it was in so damn tight and had to use a set of channel locks to get it loose before remembering I had a socket to fit it)...then it won't run//start right. Lovely.

Got home too late to go and get a replacement switch. Dad said the place has them (they have a long-necked one but not sure if it will be the RIGHT one) so will have to see from there after getting it tomorrow on the way home from work.

NOTE: When looking behind the panel last night to look for the safety shut down mechanism if only to confirm its placement, after looking over the wiring diagram, the fuse on the underside of the Murphy box a PO had wrapped it in tinfoil...and the fuse element was cleanly shot.


At the very least is it possible//advisable without compromising the safety shutoff, to use T fittings at the temp//oil switches for that extra bit of visual confirmation. Doesn't do in my mind if say the engine shuts down to leave one wondering if its either temp or oil to blame. IE, if its witnessed starting to run too warm, it can be attended to.

Hmm. A Murphy box. There for when Murphy's Law decides to hit you while trying to be helpful at the same time.
This post was edited by RuralTowner at 17:38:14 09/23/13 2 times.

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