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C-A Starts but it won't go!

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10-28-2002 16:20:51

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Can you help? I can get my '52 CA started and it runs fine till I give it some gas. If you go gradually on the throttle it will roar, but if you try to throttle it up fast or put it in gear to move, it dies. I'm going to try changing the spark plugs. We changed the oil in the pan and the float bowl looks clear. Put new fuel in too. Is this a common problem? I put some fuel stabilizer in, it helps but not enough.

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11-20-2002 08:12:19

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 Re: C-A Starts but it won't go! in reply to Laura, 10-28-2002 16:20:51  
It sounds like you have a great tractor there. It sounds to me like a few things could be going wrong. First the pints might be too far apart causing too low of spark to occure. It may be that your main jet on the carb is set too lean. When you get the tractor running, just keep backing the main jet out about a half a turn to the left at a time and try speeding it up. While doing that, set the air adjusting screw at about one and a half turns out or counter clockwise after turning it in all the way. If the adjustment don't make a bit of difference at all, take an air compressor and blow air through the opening in the main jet opening to clear it out. if those don't help or only help a little, try checking the ari cleaner, if it is a little bit plugged, that will make a difference. Like one of the other people replied, it may be an old coil not inhancing your spark enough. Good luck with your C-A!

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11-20-2002 14:28:29

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 Re: Re: C-A Starts but it won't go! in reply to mike, 11-20-2002 08:12:19  
Well all those sound like good things to do, but unfortunately I think I blew up the starter last Saturday! I went to start it, flooded it then the next time I pulled the handle, there was a loud bang noise and now the starter won't even click. Any hints?

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Bob, Ohio

10-29-2002 08:33:59

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 Re: C-A Starts but it won't go! in reply to Laura, 10-28-2002 16:20:51  
Remove the fuel line and unscrew the fuel bowl. Unscrew the fitting that is on the bottom of the tank. This may be plugged with rust. HTH

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Duey (IA)

10-28-2002 19:52:13

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 Re: C-A Starts but it won't go! in reply to Laura, 10-28-2002 16:20:51  
Several possibilities. 1. Sediment bowl inlet hole plugged with debris or rust. 2. Main fuel jet partially plugged. 3. Carb float setting too low. 4. Points---burned or dirty or gapped wrong. 5. Weak coil. It just about has to be fuel or spark problems. Duey

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11-07-2002 06:06:00

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 Re: Re: C-A Starts but it won't go! in reply to Duey (IA), 10-28-2002 19:52:13  
Thanks much for the hints. We checked #1 and it's okay. Going to replace plugs next. Another symptom we discovered - tractor will start up and run just fine. Even if a load is not put on, if I throttle up too fast it will choke and die. If I throttle up slowly, it will *roar and run great. could this be something partially plugging a fuel line somewhere? can I put a bottle of carb cleaner in the fuel tank? It also runs better if I add fuel stabilizer.

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10-28-2002 19:03:24

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 Re: C-A Starts but it won't go! in reply to Laura, 10-28-2002 16:20:51  
Laura, It sounds like you have a fuel flow problem, my $.02 worth Justin

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