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What Happened to My B???

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06-06-2000 02:55:55

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Hope someone can help me. The other day I was hauling in some hay with my B. The tractor was running perfectly (and always has). When I shut it off in the barn I noticed that the wagon was a little too far forward and I started the B again to move it. I noticed that the starter dragged a little, like as if the battery was low. Later when I tried to start it again it would not turn over. The starter sounded as like it wanted to ingage but would not. I charged the battery, cleaned all the conections etc. thinking this was the problem and it didn't help. The scary part is that I had my wife pull me with another tractor and the B would not turn over. It acts like its locked up. Could the starter be jammed up against the fly wheel causing this? I just don't see how the motor could have locked up when nothing seemed out of the ordinary, plenty of oil, not hot, not working hard etc. Any ideas?

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06-06-2000 12:16:52

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 Re: What Happened to My B??? in reply to David, 06-06-2000 02:55:55  
Dick L is correct. Unless something happened to the starter drive you won't have to remove the starter or the wire and rod. When you loosen the bolt you will hear it click, tighten it back up and your off. This used to happen to dad's Model C once in a while even after a new starter and drive.

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Dick L

06-06-2000 04:48:23

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 Re: What Happened to My B??? in reply to David, 06-06-2000 02:55:55  

Sure sounds like a locked starter. Put the tractor in 3rd gear and rock the tractor backwards to realese it. This is not uncommon with older tractors. You might have to take the set screw out of the starter casting and bump the starter back at the same time. You might have to get the starter rebuilt or it could just be a fluke. I have an Oliver 77 that this happens to every once in a while, but not often. It has a higher speed road gear and taller tires that will give more torque on the starter and on hard ground. I can get in front of the tire and with two or three hard pushes it pops lose, however on grass I hook a chain to the back and rock it with another tractor or pickup. If it is close to where I have the correct tools I just remove the starter and put it back in. Replaceing the worn bendix will fix the problem.

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06-06-2000 05:55:56

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 Re: Re: What Happened to My B??? in reply to Dick L, 06-06-2000 04:48:23  
Thanks, I'll try it. I take it that pulling it forward won't do it? I tried that and it just skidded along. By the way, how do you remove the starter? I only see one screw and that is the one on the side of the housing on the tractor its self. Thanks again.

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Dick L

06-06-2000 10:15:53

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 Re: Re: Re: What Happened to My B??? in reply to David, 06-06-2000 05:55:56  
No, that just pulls it in tighter.

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