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Keith Molden

01-10-2011 07:13:19

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My D-17 diesel has been converted to a 6 cyl. gas engine, but it appears they have used the diesel starter. Question is, is there a difference in the rps of the 2 starters? The starter that's on it doesn't seem to want to crank it fast enough to start it. Time is set correctly & if you pull it to start it, the rear wheels won't even make a full revolution before it starts. I've had the starter checked & they say it's good. Any thoughts? Keith

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Tramway Guy

01-10-2011 09:43:37

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 Re: D-17 starter in reply to Keith Molden, 01-10-2011 07:13:19  
A lot of starter circuits have 'resistor bypass' terminals where the full voltage goes to the coil only when starting. When running, voltage goes through a ballast resistor.
That being said, you should check all your battery connections and starter / ground connections.

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Wisconsin Cowman

01-10-2011 07:28:15

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 Re: D-17 starter in reply to Keith Molden, 01-10-2011 07:13:19  
Battery and cables are in good shape?

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01-10-2011 07:26:44

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 Re: D-17 starter in reply to Keith Molden, 01-10-2011 07:13:19  
I had a problem with the starter on my D17 gas. It didn't seem to have enough power to crank it over. The problem was a bad oonnection between the copper battery cable and the lead terminal that clamps to the battery post. The cable clamped to the terminal. I bought a new cable that was one complete unit (you couldn't unscrew it).

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Keith Molden

01-11-2011 12:03:44

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 Re: D-17 starter in reply to paulinkansas, 01-10-2011 07:26:44  
Thanks for the info guys, I'll get in the shop this week end and check the connections again. Keith

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