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Frozen tractor

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RB in Ohio - frozen tractor

02-03-2000 06:52:38

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What is the best way to unfreeze a tractor. I have a 55 ford and it seems to be frozen. It wont turn over, I'm pretty sure the starter and selonoid is ok (just clicks) and it has a fresh battery. It's been below freezing here in Ohio for a few weeks now and, unfortuanately, the tractor sits outside. Any ideas would be wonderful!

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Dave Mischler

02-03-2000 08:11:27

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 Re: frozen tractor in reply to RB in Ohio - frozen tractor, 02-03-2000 06:52:38  
I would begin by removing the starter (you might have to pull the oil filter to get it off). I have had water in my starter in the past cause it to rust; yours may be frozen. Check the starter while it is off by hooking it to the battery and make sure it turns. If not, get it warm and try again, or open it up and check it.

A 15/16 wrench fits the nut in front of the crank pulley on my tractor. You could also turn it by applying a screwdriver or small pry bar through the starter opening, but be careful not to mess up the teeth. If you can turn the crank either of these ways then it isn't stuck.

Good luck with your troubleshooting.

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RB in Ohio

02-03-2000 13:36:57

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 Re: Re: frozen tractor in reply to Dave Mischler, 02-03-2000 08:11:27  
OK - I've narrowed things down a bit. Selinoid is fine, took the starteer off and the gears turn inside fine. Hooked up the starter and the gears locked that I left on the starter. This seems to be the same thing that is happening when the starter is on the tractor. Took the gears off the starter, and the starter works fine. Put it all back together, tried to start the tractor and the starter spun for an instant and then froze. Needless to say, I'm not an expert at this starter/gear thing. Anything that any of you can think of that I'm doing wrong?

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02-03-2000 15:44:43

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 Re: Re: Re: frozen tractor in reply to RB in Ohio, 02-03-2000 13:36:57  

The first thing to determine is if the engine is free to turn. Put in high gear and try and rock it to see if there is any movment in the crank shaft-- fan blade move? If it's so cold you can't rock it, pull it if you have something capable. You really should be able to turn it by holding in the loose side of the fan belt and turning the fan. If it is not stuck tight, then worry about the starter.

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