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2940 - ran out of fuel

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Scott in WI

04-08-2005 05:15:10

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My kids were operating our 2940, and ran it dry. We refilled the tank, and pumped the primer a bunch of times, but no good. What is the restarting procedure? Thanks

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04-08-2005 11:02:04

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 Re: 2940 - ran out of fuel in reply to Scott in WI, 04-08-2005 05:15:10  
All you have to do is to open the bleed screw on the filter and pump the primer until fuel comes out, then tighten the bleeder. Do the same things with the bleeds on injector pump and she should start to run.

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Mike M

04-08-2005 10:52:54

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 Re: 2940 - ran out of fuel in reply to Scott in WI, 04-08-2005 05:15:10  
DO NOT PULL START !!!! You will tear up your hi and lo unit costing you thousands of dollars. Loosen your bleeder screw on the filters,the the pump,then if needed crack the lines at the injectors and crank until fuel sprays out then tighten back up and try.

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04-08-2005 10:00:41

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 Re: 2940 - ran out of fuel in reply to Scott in WI, 04-08-2005 05:15:10  
Do you have another tractor ??? If so the fastest way is to pull start the 2940..... Just hook on with a chain and put it in 7th gear and let the clutch out.... it will run the air through the system. If you can't do that you will have to bleed it out. Another trick a John Deere tec has shown me is to give it a little starting fluid when you crank it over with the starter.

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04-08-2005 20:16:15

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 Re: 2940 - ran out of fuel in reply to PJBROWN, 04-08-2005 10:00:41  
Remind me to pass-up purchasing any of your used equipment. Are you serious or did you give this guy two bum steers on purpose just to be nasty?

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Cory R.

04-08-2005 08:05:24

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 Re: 2940 - ran out of fuel in reply to Scott in WI, 04-08-2005 05:15:10  
We ran or 2940 out of fuel one time and you have to losten the lines to bleed them once you have them lose turn the tractor over till fuel scuirts out then reatach your line you should be good to go.

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04-08-2005 12:44:01

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 Be Damn Careful in reply to Cory R., 04-08-2005 08:05:24  
If you follow this procedure, make certain you (nor anyone else) is in close proximity of the lines while cranking, as the pressure emitted from fuel pump is strong enough to inject the fuel under your skin. This condition will lead to gangrene & loss of appendages, if infection doesn't set in as well. Deere has trained their techs on the danger & yet some still are injured in this fashion. Safer method would be to bleed pump, filters & lines (if necessary) via priming pump. Takes more effort, but is much safer.

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04-08-2005 06:12:24

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 Re: 2940 - ran out of fuel in reply to Scott in WI, 04-08-2005 05:15:10  
You will need to bleed the fuel filter and then loosen the fuel line at the pump and bleed it. It should start with some cranking. You might possibly need to crack a few fuel lines at the nozzles as well. Hope this helps. don

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