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Re: No voltage Early 8N model

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Bruce (VA)

08-10-2018 11:53:21

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OK, not a problem.

Maybe I'm not being clear about what I'm trying to get across.

I'm suggesting that you need to do more troubleshooting before you start buying parts.

I donít know why your tractor isnít running. Sure, I can make a guess. Actually, I can make a few guesses. And unless Iím lucky, those guesses wonít help you a bit. Donít guess at the cause of the problem; guessing can get expensive. And leave you breathless chasing every guess.......it could be this, it could be that......just troubleshoot the problem and leave the guess work for buying Lottery tickets. Yes, you could have a points problem. Or a couple of other things.

I might not be able to tell you why your tractor isnít running but I sure can tell you how to figure it out yourself.

The one way that I found the best results with is to take a systematic, step-by-step approach to solving the problem, working from most likely to least likely. The trick to fixing these tractors (or trouble shooting any piece of equipment) is to be systematic about it. You need to isolate the problem step by step and work from most likely to least likely. Jumping ahead to 'so-and-so said it could be whatever' or just replacing parts usually just wastes your time and your money. I know it did for me.

And the very first thing you need to rule out is a bad battery. You have a voltmeter, so that's all you need at this point.

24 hours after you take the charger off the battery what exact voltage do you see?

If you have 75% or better percent of charge and the starter spins normally, consider the battery good.

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Ron Petterson

08-10-2018 13:14:38

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 Re: No voltage Early 8N model in reply to Bruce (VA), 08-10-2018 11:53:21  
Bruce, thanks for your assistance. Hopefully I will not have to bother anyone with electrical issues again. If mechanical, then I would be able to understand most everything written down. So I used the meter and traced the juice to and through the coil. Same reading exiting as entering. Decided to replace the points and bought a kit with new rotor and new condenser. Why not? Been a couple years since those were replaced.

Put it back together and turned the switch. WOW, the amp gauge registered a discharge, Cranked it and started first couple rotations. So either I have a short somewhere in the wiring that I giggled while working on it, or when the points or condenser are bad, they can short out something so the amp meter does not work. I think it must be the first, and if it happens again, i know what to do.I don't know how juice not running through the distributor would have any impact on the amp gauge, nor why I was getting juice to the distributor and through the coil and the amp gauge did not register a discharge with the switch on. Beats me, but its running.

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