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MF35 - Battery / Starting Issue

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02-13-2020 03:49:57

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Hi all,
New to the forum and new to old tractors! Iíve recently bought an MF35 which was working without any issues. I left it sat for a few days and naturally the battery died down (it has previously been say for a few months before I bought it so there wasnít much charge anyway).
To save waiting a few hours to charge, I went out and bought a new battery (thought a new one would be a good move anyway). Connected battery, turned ignition and it tried to start for 3-4 seconds and then went dead. Now turning the key does nothing whatsoever.
Any ideas?
Thank you in advance!!

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02-13-2020 11:37:01

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 Re: MF35 - Battery / Starting Issue in reply to jamesrm, 02-13-2020 03:49:57  
Good recommendations above. You can also search for "voltage drop testing". This testing will help identify poor connections and faulty wires.

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02-13-2020 08:44:35

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 Re: MF35 - Battery / Starting Issue in reply to jamesrm, 02-13-2020 03:49:57  
Could be a new bad battery or poor connections. I would test the battery voltage and also test each and every connection

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02-13-2020 04:31:10

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 Re: MF35 - Battery / Starting Issue in reply to jamesrm, 02-13-2020 03:49:57  
Welcome to the forum. Where are you located, this might affect answers of where to get help/parts?

Some other questions that usually come up to get out of the way.

1. Gas or diesel?

2. 12 volt correct?

3. Positive or negative ground?

4. Still Generator or converted to alternator?

5. Condition of cables and wiring harness of the tractor?

6. Have you cleaned the cable connections? Not just the battery terminals but attachment points on the other ends of the battery cables. If not clean them and loosen the tighten the starter mounting bolts.

7. Do you have a voltmeter to test with? Have you done electrical diagnosis with a voltmeter before?

Since you say you have nothing presently I would start by checking the battery with a voltmeter to get a base voltage I should see at other points. After confirming the tractor is in neutral, I would check for voltage each point of the starting circuit from the battery to the starter including the key (and any safety switches) the solenoid and starter.

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02-13-2020 04:27:05

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 Re: MF35 - Battery / Starting Issue in reply to jamesrm, 02-13-2020 03:49:57  
six or 12 volt ?

generator or alternator ?

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