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WD won't run

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09-16-2002 18:57:24

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Chalk this one up to very unusual. Took the tractor out of the barn after sitting for about 3 months. Fired right up, ran good. Pulled up to the shop, put fresh gas in. Decided to go for a short tractor ride to loosen things up. Went to restart, wouldn't start. Drained gas, cleaned sediment bowl(wasn't dirty), still no start. Removed carb, cleaned (wasn't dirty). Went and bought new fresh gas, still no start. Checked points, condenser, cap, rotor. Everythings fine. Really scratching my head now. Decided to remove points for some unknown reason, they fell into two pieces. Installed new points and set. Runs like a WD should. Sorry for the long post, but thought someone might benefit from this.

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09-20-2002 08:01:08

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 Re: WD won't run in reply to Sam, 09-16-2002 18:57:24  
The odd stories are pretty numerous. Here is mine. I rebuilt my WD. When I got everything together - bolts all tightened and everthing in place - I fired her up. She started quickly, ran great for about 5 seconds and then started to miss. By pulling plug wires, it seemed that the 1 and 4 cylinder had no impact on running. Pulling 2 and 3 would cause engine to stop. So I started to check ignition - replaced the cap - checked points, plugs - nothing looked bad. On each subsequent starting it would run fine for a few seconds and then go bad. Finally I decided it had to be the intake manifold. Thought maybe an animal crawed into the exhaust or intake and died. So I pulled the manifold and noticed the nuts weren't real tight. All the ports were clean. Reinstalled and started. Ran fine for a minute or two and then started missing. Rechecked the torque on manifold and the nuts were loose. Finally concluded that the manifold was loose and added additional washers to every manifold bolt and torqued them. It started and ran fine for about 20 minutes before missing started. Re-torqued the manifold and it ran fine again. Later I had to retorque those nuts a third time but it now runs perfectly. It was a loose manifold all the time. The question is this. Since 1 and 2 share the same intake port and 3 and 4 share the same port, why would 2 & 3 run good but 1 & 4 would not work at all. The manifold ends were in good shape and all at the same level and were not heavily corroded. Trouble shooting is an interesting game!

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09-17-2002 17:28:43

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 Re: WD won't run in reply to Sam, 09-16-2002 18:57:24  
Thanks for the info. Might save someone (including me!) some time someday.


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