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WD-45 won't start

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11-20-2004 18:34:20

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Our old trusty WD-45 has been kind of replaced with larger diesels & I forgot to run it for a year. Put some fresh gas in it & a charged battery, turned it over a few times then figured a few yanks on the hand crank would have her purring (as in the past after a rest). This time no go. Am I going to have to drain all old gas out?...drain carb? Plugs & points look good. It"s old shed is a little damp. What ya think?

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Steve in N.J.

11-21-2004 17:22:50

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 Re: WD-45 won't start in reply to wolfmantractor, 11-20-2004 18:34:20  
Sounds like the points just need a little attention. A little spritz of tuner cleaner or Brakekleen should get the oxidation off them to get some fire back in the hole. Mag or distributor, that's probably the problem especially when they've been sittin' a long time....
Steve/B&B Custom Circuits

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Texas Denny

11-21-2004 07:09:01

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 Re: WD-45 won't start in reply to wolfmantractor, 11-20-2004 18:34:20  
Don't know where you're from. Down here, the gas gets real bad after a year in a metal shed. It gunks up carburators so bad they need a rebuild. The lighter parts of gas evaporate pretty quickly at 125F which it frequently gets to in my shed. So, I've had to dump gas. If I don't dump it in my case, the bad gas can affect the valves and make them sticky even if you can get it started. Had to tear down an M Farmall a year ago because the valves would stick while running. In Texas, new gas is a cheap investment.

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11-21-2004 05:54:06

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 Re: WD-45 won't start in reply to wolfmantractor, 11-20-2004 18:34:20  
Just get one of your other tractors and give it a pull to start it. I'll bet it will start right up. My old WC starts great with the hand crank, but when it sits over winter or longer, I always have to give it a pull to start the first time. Just make sure you can turn the engine over first. One time I had a valve stick on it. WOuld not have been pretty to just start puling it like that!

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John Cunningham

11-21-2004 04:42:31

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 Re: WD-45 won't start in reply to wolfmantractor, 11-20-2004 18:34:20  
I grew up with one of these. We always kept a new condensor on hand for just such a problem. Wouldn't hurt to file your points a little as a white crusty looking junk can form too. Unlike a car engine they sure are a lot easier to change. If you are concerned about the gas, I would just open the bowl drain and let some out.
It is just amazing how bad our so called modern gas can get just sitting around one season.

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