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165 gas- won't run

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04-22-2011 09:21:23

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Help me out here guys. Been having issues with our 165 that doesn't want to stay running. It's got the continental engine in it. It'll start, and imediately die, and after that it won't start until it sits for a while again. I haven't had a chance to work on it during the week, but Dad tried a little here & there and nothing has changed.
Put in a new cap & rotor, and new plugs. Don't know if he changed the points & condensor, but those were put in last summer/fall when it had issues.
Any pointers or thoughts? Just need a direction. It seems to be getting fuel, but I'll drain the sediment bowl & carb again and see if it helps, but gas from the same can was dumped in my dad's truck without issue.

Donovan from Wisconsin

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04-22-2011 12:34:22

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 Re: 165 gas- won't run in reply to Our Farmer, 04-22-2011 09:21:23  
Apparantly that tractor just has an uncanny ability to get water in the gas.
I drained the sediment bowl and the carb, and it fired right up. I ran it for about 1 1/2-2 hours moving manure from the huge pile (atleast it used to be a pile) under the auger to the pasture through the mud.

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Aaron Ford

04-23-2011 08:04:29

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 Re: 165 gas- won't run in reply to Don-Wi, 04-22-2011 12:34:22  
I remember the old man's grumble about getting gas in his water bowl, but the only thing I recall looking worse than his fuel bowl was his gas cans. The really nice ones had lids.


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04-22-2011 20:34:45

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 Re: 165 gas- won't run in reply to Don-Wi, 04-22-2011 12:34:22  
Isn't manure always in a big pile?

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Charles Elliott 2

04-22-2011 09:45:59

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 Re: 165 gas- won't run in reply to Don-Wi, 04-22-2011 09:21:23  
It could potentially be a bunch of different things. She may not be getting enough fuel in the carb as the float or needle valve could be stuck as well as the carb could be gummed up. When was the last time you changed the air filter or cleaned the oil/intake?

I would close the fuel petcock and shut hte fuel off, then pull the plug on the bottom of the carburetor to drain it. With it out, turn the fuel on and if the fuel is not looking like its "peeing" out of the carburetor its the fuel line. Once you determine how much fuel is coming out (trickling, barely running, flowing) turn the gas off. If it is flowing out, take some carb cleaner and spray it up through the hole, but don't have your face next to the hole as you don't want that stuff in your eyes. Let it sit, then blast it again. Put the screw/bolt back in and turn on the fuel and try to start it.

I would also pull the spark plugs and look at the tip, also see if its the correct gap and adjust accordingly if not replace them if they haven't been changed in years.. Clean the air filter and intake. Re-gap the points. And try to start her up.

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