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'48 Ferguson TE-20 Cooling System

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Ken Dexter

06-25-1999 12:03:57

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Please, could someone tell me if there are plugs (near or at the water pump) that might cause water to run into the block? It was the first time I used the tractor and before use the next day I checked the water. It was low so I added some and noticed it would not fill (just bubble sounds). Then I checked the engine oil. Guess where the water was going? The person I bought it from had the rings replaced because of smoking. Could the mechanic have done something to the block or these plugs to cause this? Any help would be appreciated,

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Dick Owens

07-18-1999 14:47:00

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 Re: '48 Ferguson TE-20 Cooling System in reply to Ken Dexter, 06-25-1999 12:03:57  
It's possible you have one or more cracked cylinders in your tractor's engine.

H Ferguson used Continental engines in the 20 and 30 series tractors. The engine used in the 20 has a reputation for developing cracks around the cylinder bases near the galley.

If you purchase a rebuilt block, it's a safe bet that the reman. unit you receive will have weld patches around one or more cylinders. It is quite a common problem in this block.

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Chuck (CA)

06-25-1999 19:32:57

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 Re: '48 Ferguson TE-20 Cooling System in reply to Ken Dexter, 06-25-1999 12:03:57  
I don't know if there's any plugs or not, but what you describe is a common sympton of a bad head gasket. Not familiar with your engine, so it may be something else.. Good Luck.


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Chuck (CA)

06-26-1999 06:42:55

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 Re: Re: '48 Ferguson TE-20 Cooling System in reply to Chuck (CA), 06-25-1999 19:32:57  
Well, after re-reading your problem, the water not filling at all is a real stumper. Perhaps the head gasket is not the problem.
Would be real interested when you find the culprit.


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