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03-25-2002 04:29:41

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I have a wd45 that keeps dieing. It will start and run for about 1 min. then dies.I don't have a chance to warm it up. You move it dies, you lift the loader it dies, get the picture? It was a weak generator, bad termostat, has been sitting all winter. It has a good fuel flow and new wiring. What's wrong? Thanks

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Dave K

03-31-2002 18:46:10

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 Re: wd45 dead in reply to shawn, 03-25-2002 04:29:41  
My WD was doing the same thing it was simply the condenser. Not expensive, worth a try.


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Rick (ME)

03-25-2002 17:21:45

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 Re: wd45 dead in reply to shawn, 03-25-2002 04:29:41  
My CA did the same thing last thankgiving wile grading my driveway I took of the carb and cleaned it three times to no avail i went to a friend house to borrow a coil thinking that this might be it he told me to try the condnser i did not believe him so i put in the new coil same thing so i tried the condenser it started and ran with no sputtering. try the condenser

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Dave in Mo

03-25-2002 09:42:44

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 Re: wd45 dead in reply to shawn, 03-25-2002 04:29:41  
I'd try it again and after it died, I'd carefully and quickly unscrew the plug on the bottom of the carb to see if fuel is in the bowl.
Catch the fuel in a little container and just see if it runs out in steady stream. If it keeps running, then it eliminates the fuel flow problem. Another area besides a bad condenser is the on-off switch. You could start the machine, let it die then quickly pull off a spark plug wire, put in an extra plug and ground it out. Crank the engine over and look for sparkies. Just be careful when doing the above. Gasoline is dangerous tuff.

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03-25-2002 07:21:32

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 Re: wd45 dead in reply to shawn, 03-25-2002 04:29:41  
I had a very similar problem this winter. The tractor ran beautifully on idle, but would die in less than a minute and did not have power to do anything. Went through the entire fule system and symptoms persisted. Turned out to be a bad ground on the condensor. Good luck!

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03-25-2002 07:03:17

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 Re: wd45 dead in reply to shawn, 03-25-2002 04:29:41  
If an engine dies 'instantly' it may be a problem in the ignition system. If it sputters and dies it's usually a fuel problem. I recently had a WD that sounded like a dirty carb problem- turned out a small diameter pebble was in the gas tank, flowed into the top of the fuel filter assembly, and blocked most of the flow. Start at the tank and trace good flow into the carb; might be dirt blocking a float or needle valve.

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Steve in N.J.

03-25-2002 07:01:51

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 Re: wd45 dead in reply to shawn, 03-25-2002 04:29:41  

A lot of the problems that I have read on this site concerning the same problem you have, seems to point to a fuel problem. Dirt in the carb seems to be the biggest culprit, next in line to fuel flow to the carb. A lot of the AC guys on this site say to use an inline fuel filter on your machine because the carbs are so finicky with dirt and fuel problems in general. Seems like the smallest tiny chunk of dirt could make your tractor have running problems, & you pull your hair out. I'm not there yet with mine. I still have to get the motor together, but I'm definetely installing an inline filter along with the reassembly. Just my 2 cents.... Hope you find the problem.

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03-25-2002 06:33:20

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 Re: wd45 dead in reply to shawn, 03-25-2002 04:29:41  
I agree; it sounds like you have a fuel flow problem or **maybe** a restriction in the air filter - but most likely a fuel problem.

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Brian G. NY

03-25-2002 06:21:36

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 Re: wd45 dead in reply to shawn, 03-25-2002 04:29:41  
Will it run if you pull the choke as the governor opens? Could it be that the high speed jet in your carb. is set way too lean?

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03-25-2002 04:51:25

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 Re: wd45 dead in reply to shawn, 03-25-2002 04:29:41  
Are you certain it has good fuel flow?? Sounds like it is starving for gas... I would check fuel flow at the carb first. If that is OK then check the floats on the carb.

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