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CA has me fit to be tied!!!!!

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Justin NY^

12-14-2002 17:20:08

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Hello All, I need some advice, I bought a ca about 2 weeks ago and have been trying to plow snow with it .The low down is it will cut out and die with no warning when it gets warm,Then it will pop,fart and moan sometimes.there is no bent push rods and they are all inadjustment.To top it off yesterday I went to move it to put some weights on it and the batery explodes soaking me in acid.For 1 it was overcharging so I fixed that,ruled out fuel flow problems,carb problems.still acting up and figured Ok coil is failing,Changed coil,condensor,points,plugs ,wires,cap, rotor all new and having trouble ,Figurd could be a flaky switch,nope ok short in coil wire,Rewired complete tractor nope,Fuel line was run next to engine behind air cleaner assembly, ran new line outside of air cleaner( Not vapor locking)I am ready to pull the engine out and put in the 1 I just rebuilt but restore is 3/4 way done on that CA.I am completely aggravated ( and stumped).The only thing I can think I DONT KNOwW?????????????????????? Thanks for any suggestions Justin NY

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marion turpin

12-16-2002 19:05:51

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 Re: CA has me fit to be tied!!!!! in reply to Justin NY^, 12-14-2002 17:20:08  
justin: I fought the same problem for 4 years. I had a belly mount mower on my CA and when I hit a tough spot cutting, it died. I tried all the things that people have suggested and nothing worked. Remove the distributor an disassemble it. Under the point plate you will find the weights and springs that allow the didtributor to advance when you need power. Remove and spray clean all those moving parts, lube them and assemble the dist. It will be a different tractor. Remember everything you touch is at least 50 years old. good Luck. MWT

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12-15-2002 17:08:17

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 Re: CA has me fit to be tied!!!!! in reply to Justin NY^, 12-14-2002 17:20:08  
Try spark plugs. Not champion plug I could not get them to work.Try Autolite also if it only happens when hot your valve guides chould maybe tight and should be reemed.

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Steve in N.J.

12-14-2002 18:59:25

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 Re: CA has me fit to be tied!!!!! in reply to Justin NY^, 12-14-2002 17:20:08  
Whew! Boy, I know about that kinda frustration! Had a problem similar to that with my B. Seemed to be fine when I first fired her up, and when she warmed up, she'd cough & shut. Checked things over like you did, and I already had all new stuff in her cause I just finished the resto on her! After a few times of that, I noticed the carb drippin' fuel. (It hadn't before) Pulled the carb off, (reluctantly) took it apart and found the floats were takin' on fuel. It started having a bad case of "sinking floats". Not sure if that's what's wrong with yours, but that's what I found with mine. Had another carb I swapped the floats out with, and problem solved. I'm glad that carb started to drip fuel cause I don't have much hair left on my head as it is and I wouldn't have thought of that! Just a thought....
Steve B.

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12-14-2002 20:11:59

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 Re: Re: CA has me fit to be tied!!!!! in reply to Steve in N.J., 12-14-2002 18:59:25  
I know you did the fuel line, but i still bet on fuel problmes. Drain the tank, remove the sediment bowl threaded block. See if crud is in the tank, or plugged strainer into the sediment bowl. You could also have crud floating inside the carb and plugging the jet momentarily. A good cleaning could help. Put an inline filter on the carb, atleast for a few months to clean things up.

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Justin NY

12-15-2002 08:39:05

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 Re: Re: Re: CA has me fit to be tied!!!!! in reply to steve, 12-14-2002 20:11:59  
Thanks guys, I wasn't going to work on it today but everytime I look at it ,it is driving me nuts.I am going to pull carb off AGAIN and take alook,The tank is clean but maybe there is a piece of junk in there I haven't seen.It just don't act like a fuel problem I am leaning to a sticking valve,it is most likley a combination of a couple things based on past experiences,At least I can rule out alot of things because it's all been replaced I 'll look at it that way and it wont bother me as bad.Orange Still does rule though( Allis Only)allowed here Justin NY

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12-15-2002 10:32:18

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: CA has me fit to be tied!!!!! in reply to Justin NY, 12-15-2002 08:39:05  
check bushings in distributer if they are worn an letting shaft jump around it will throw your point setting out . you may have to set your point setting a little closer . good luck

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Big Ed

12-15-2002 17:17:10

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: CA has me fit to be tied!!!!! in reply to papab, 12-15-2002 10:32:18  
I had a similar problem, Ran ok when it was cold. found a bit of dirt in the main jet. (It's a non-adjustable jet on my CA.)

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