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My CA quit running

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09-22-2002 11:12:31

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I am new to the tractor field. My CA has fired right off everytime. Yesterday I was 50 feet from my house and it dies. The starter tries to start it and it just grinds. Will not try to fire off, usually fired as soon as starter whirled the motor a half turn. Gas is getting to carb. How do I go about diagnosing?
All help appreciated.

Thanks, Mike

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Bob, Ohio

09-25-2002 10:25:35

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 Re: My CA quit running in reply to Mike, 09-22-2002 11:12:31  
If you are certain gas is getting to carb, take a test light, (a 12volt bulb solderied to two wires will do) and turn on key. Connect bulb to dist side of coil and frame of tractor (ground). Run starter. If bulb flashes, points are opening and closeing. If not, replace points.If points are opening and closeing, remove coil and take to a tractor dealer and have checked. Don,t try home remedy coil checks.They may not be reliable.

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Don Simula

09-28-2002 19:25:25

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 Re: Re: My CA quit running in reply to Bob, Ohio, 09-25-2002 10:25:35  
Our CA wouldn't start after being idle over winter. NO SPARK. Run a point file through the points and pronto it started. Don. in Keweenaw Bay Mi.

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09-24-2002 18:37:35

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 Re: My CA quit running in reply to Mike, 09-22-2002 11:12:31  
The points in the distributer are no longer making contact. Adjust so points close by using two thickness of newspaper or replace points and adjust.

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Dave of Southwest Michigan

09-24-2002 10:32:52

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 Re: My CA quit running in reply to Mike, 09-22-2002 11:12:31  
Gotta agree with Steve and Steve. Ya gotta have spark, fuel, and combustion, and since combustion isn't a problem it's gotta be one or the other two. My guess is that if it just "died", that's a loss of spark. If the points, etc, look ok...you might want to also check to see if you have a broken wire there behind your key switch, you may either have a broken wire to the coil, or have lost your ground from the coil. Just a thought.


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09-22-2002 19:18:25

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 Re: My CA quit running in reply to Mike, 09-22-2002 11:12:31  
If the starter is grinding and not turning the engine over, you have either a bad starter drive or a bad starter ring on the fly wheel.

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Steve in N.J.

09-22-2002 14:26:20

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 Re: My CA quit running in reply to Mike, 09-22-2002 11:12:31  
There's two things that ya need to make an engine run. Fuel and spark. Check your ignition system as Steve suggested. If it's got spark, it must be a fuel problem. Plugged fuel line or sediment bowl possibly? Steve B.

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09-22-2002 14:13:48

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 Re: My CA quit running in reply to Mike, 09-22-2002 11:12:31  
probably coil/point/condenser. might be worth changing all three if the age is old. dont cost much. pull one spark plug, put it in the wire and lay in on the block. crank motor and look for spark. if none, change the above electrical parts.

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