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961 powermaster electrical

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21kmgre

12-26-2019 07:59:51




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We bought a Ford 961 about 5years ago and it hasn't ran in the last 20 years. The other day I got bored and decided to mess around with it. when we had drug it out it would not turn over so I replaced the battery terminals and now I get a click out of it from the solenoid. What should my next step be keeping in mind I'm only 16.
Thanks, Kaleb




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Jim.ME

12-27-2019 08:12:30




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 Re: 961 powermaster electrical in reply to 21kmgre, 12-26-2019 07:59:51  
Also confirm 6 or 12 volt and generator or alternator conversion.



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Jim.ME

12-27-2019 06:13:59




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 Re: 961 powermaster electrical in reply to 21kmgre, 12-26-2019 07:59:51  
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Besides the battery terminals and cable end at the solenoid/starter, check the end of the battery ground cable connected to the tractor. Does it connect to sheet metal or a casting of the tractor? If it is connected to sheet metal, move it to a casting. If it uses the same bolt as sheet metal to a casting, clean everything to shiny metal as well. Are there clamp on type replacement ends on the cables at the battery? Are they clean or corroded where the cables clamp into them?

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21kmgre

12-27-2019 06:00:42




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 Re: 961 powermaster electrical in reply to 21kmgre, 12-26-2019 07:59:51  

Gas



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Jim.ME

12-27-2019 05:19:25




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 Re: 961 powermaster electrical in reply to 21kmgre, 12-26-2019 07:59:51  
Is it Gas, LP or Diesel? You really should say which it is; to get proper answers.



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RobCons

12-27-2019 05:10:51




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 Re: 961 powermaster electrical in reply to 21kmgre, 12-26-2019 07:59:51  
Check electrical connections. Should tight and clean. If its a diesel engine they typically take a larger battery than a gas engine.



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21kmgre

12-27-2019 04:26:31




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 Re: 961 powermaster electrical in reply to 21kmgre, 12-26-2019 07:59:51  
To turn and crank



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showcrop

12-27-2019 04:12:37




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21kmgre, what do you mean by turn over? to half of us it means to crank and to the other half it means to fire and run.



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21kmgre

12-26-2019 19:29:27




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 Re: 961 powermaster electrical in reply to 21kmgre, 12-26-2019 07:59:51  
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I meant to turn over



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showcrop

12-26-2019 14:00:14




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 Re: 961 powermaster electrical in reply to 21kmgre, 12-26-2019 07:59:51  
First, what do you mean by turn over? to half of us it means to crank and to the other half it means to fire and run. Second a solenoid clicking but starter not cranking 95% of the times means poor cable connections or weak battery. Note that this applies to many many situations where the cable connections are good and the battery is fully charged.



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Jim.ME

12-26-2019 13:53:40




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 Re: 961 powermaster electrical in reply to 21kmgre, 12-26-2019 07:59:51  
Gas, LP, or Diesel? If diesel, you may want to look into getting the injection pump checked out before you turn it over.



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pinball

12-26-2019 11:22:19




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 Re: 961 powermaster electrical in reply to 21kmgre, 12-26-2019 07:59:51  
if you don't have one buy a cheap voltage meter that will show d c voltage. the click should mean the solenoid opened up to put voltage to your starter. volt meter will tell you that. even though your battery is fully charge you might still have a bad connection. (also keep in mind that a battery can show good voltage but if it has a bad cell is wont work). those old tractors are bad about that. I would clean both positive and neg cables at the battery post , the solenoid switch and the starter. the starter itself just being bolted on provides its own ground. any think else just ask.

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Grandpa love

12-26-2019 10:45:53




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 Re: 961 powermaster electrical in reply to 21kmgre, 12-26-2019 07:59:51  
Possibly dirty connections. Fine sandpaper is your friend. I would clean every connection. Pay close attention to the ground. Also may need new battery cables.



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21kmgre

12-26-2019 10:11:20




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 Re: 961 powermaster electrical in reply to 21kmgre, 12-26-2019 07:59:51  
Yes the battery is fully charged and the engine is free



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SkipperII

12-26-2019 09:24:49




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 Re: 961 powermaster electrical in reply to 21kmgre, 12-26-2019 07:59:51  
Ok Kaleb; First of all, do you know if the engine is free(can you put the PTO in gear, put a wrench on the PTO shaft, and rotate the engine)? Or a socket on the front crankshaft bolt.
Have you checked the battery voltage with a meter?

Help us, to help you, we will need a little more information.



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