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Overheating update

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09-26-2019 11:23:24

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I posted a few days ago about a problem with my 860 overheating. I had several folks respond with suggestions on things to try. I got a new radiator cap yesterday but couldnít get the tractor running.Today I recharged the battery & still no start. From reading post on this site I started troubleshooting & found the points were stuck close. Reset the points & she fired right up. First thing I notice is nothing coming out of the overflow. Let it run at idle speed for 20 minutes and itís not leaking or getting very hot. Still under 180 after 25 minutes. Pulled cap and water was moving but maintaining water level.
Again thanks to everyone who made suggestions & comments. I think Iíll do a little mowing later and if it stays cool, Iíll install a new thermostat and put some antifreeze in it.
Thank you all very much,

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09-27-2019 06:59:55

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 Re: Overheating update in reply to gmartin, 09-26-2019 11:23:24  
Be careful when installing the thermostat. It will tend to fall out of the recess it needs to be in.

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09-30-2019 13:22:54

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 Re: Overheating update in reply to MarkB_MI, 09-27-2019 06:59:55  
On the falling out of the recess, years ago I was putting a new stat in a V8 auto and accidentally let it slip out without knowing it. When I torqued it down, the cast aluminum cover shed one of it's ears.....been really careful ever since. Education costs money, however you get it!

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09-27-2019 06:38:23

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 Re: Overheating update in reply to gmartin, 09-26-2019 11:23:24  
You may find the problem comes back after you install the thermostat. Removing the thermostat allows air to escape through the upper radiator house without displacing coolant.

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09-27-2019 03:24:25

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 Re: Overheating update in reply to gmartin, 09-26-2019 11:23:24  
Congratulations!! The Bible tells us that "the fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much". despite what most people will say.

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09-27-2019 12:25:29

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 Re: Overheating update in reply to showcrop, 09-27-2019 03:24:25  
Itís a warm day here , about 90*F. I fired up the tractor and did some mowing for a little over an hour. The temperature gauge never got above 195*F. When I parked it I got off & cleaned the brush off the radiator and the temp dropped to 180*.

Thanks again,

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Jim L WA

09-26-2019 15:05:04

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 Re: Overheating update in reply to gmartin, 09-26-2019 11:23:24  
Thanks for the update Gary. BTW, if those points were stuck together, that's caused by pitting due to metal transfer from arcing. You may want to replace the condenser and the points.

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09-26-2019 17:35:35

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 Re: Overheating update in reply to Jim L WA, 09-26-2019 15:05:04  
Thanks for the advice. Iíll pick up the parts when I get the thermostat & antifreeze.

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