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Starter question "B"

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06-22-2008 15:09:42

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I have a model B tractor and my starter will not crank the engine. I took the starter off the tractor and with jumper cables, (it has posative ground) it spins over nicely on my bench. When installed I hooked the jumpers directly to the starter and it will not crank the engine over, just a "grunt" sound from the starter. The battery is fully charged, has new cables and everything looks to be clean inside the starter. The tractor was sitting in a garage for 5 years prior to me getting it and the tractor starts well when I use the crank start. What could be wrong? Thanks Donedeere in New York.

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Paul from MI

06-23-2008 07:59:19

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 Re: Starter question B in reply to DoneDeere, 06-22-2008 15:09:42  
Check your starter switch. Also the bolt taht conducts through to the windings. Both can become eroded and not conduct electricity well. If it's a Delco starter parts are available. If it's an Autolite parts are very difficult to find. I finally ended up changing my originall Autolite to a Delco--no more problems.

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06-23-2008 04:57:26

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 Re: Starter question B in reply to DoneDeere, 06-22-2008 15:09:42  
The tractor starts and runs great when I use the crank starter. It regularly starts when turned over with no more than 2 turns of the crank so I don't think it would be engine related, just a weak starter. Thanks everyone, DoneDeere

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Mark - IN.

06-22-2008 21:16:34

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 Re: Starter question B in reply to DoneDeere, 06-22-2008 15:09:42  
One, setting for that long may not be good thing. But as previously mentioned, rotate by hand? But with my B which I use every week to mow with, if when I shut it down and the crank stops ??? might be top dead center, or perhaps bottom dead center, I get the same thing. With the ignition off, I'll put it in 3rd gear, grab a couple of tire lugs and rock it foward a couple of inches. When I take it out of gear, turn on the ignition and hit the starter, will turn over with ease.

Setting that long though...not the best thing in the world.

Good luck.


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06-22-2008 19:11:18

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 Re: Starter question B in reply to DoneDeere, 06-22-2008 15:09:42  
before you do anything to the starter, did you turn it over by hand with a hand crank?
did you remove the plugs and squirt some oil into each cylinder and then turn with a crank?
My CA sat for 2 years and it wouldn't turn over with the starter. I did the above and the starter spun it over real fast. the cylinder walls get dry and the pistons don't want to slide. Bob

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06-22-2008 16:44:47

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 Re: Starter question B in reply to DoneDeere, 06-22-2008 15:09:42  
Thank you, I will find someone to check it out. Obviously it is more than I can fix myself. DoneDeere

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Jerry Coulter

06-22-2008 16:26:22

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 Re: Starter question B in reply to DoneDeere, 06-22-2008 15:09:42  
When a starter delivers no torque it needs repaired. It should be disassembled, the armature checked on a growler and the fields checked for shorts. Possibly all it needs is comutator trimmed, new brushes and bearings.

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