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Revisiting the Solenoid Problem

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Oslo in NC

01-13-2002 15:19:15

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Thanks for all of the suggestions.I really appreciate it. I have the rear wheel off the ground and(in 3rd gear and sparkies out) am able to turn the engine over. It is very tough,though. I hooked up a 12 v. bat as Claus suggested. Still nothing. Accidently got a spark when I touched the starter caseing, but when touching the starter terminal, nothing. Soooo! that leaves the starter or the Bendix or both. Should I take the starter off and see if I can free up something or should I take it to a shop to be checked out?

Jim K I had done what you said. I just didn't explain it clearly, Sorry.

Larry, No insult taken here.

Zed, I had turned the engine over several months ago by jacking up and turning the rear wheel. So, I think the engine is free. Sorry I had not mentioned that.

Oslo in NC

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Jim K

01-13-2002 15:45:09

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 Re: Revisiting the Solenoid Problem in reply to Oslo in NC, 01-13-2002 15:19:15  
Hi Oslo sounds like you should start looking for a replacement starter, Or at least pull that one out and bring it to an auto electric shop in your area and have them check it out. They may even be able to rebuild it for ya.
Most definitly starter problem.
Good luck Jim K

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01-13-2002 15:44:04

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 Re: Revisiting the Solenoid Problem in reply to Oslo in NC, 01-13-2002 15:19:15  
Hello again Oslo,

As I said before(and you could have used the new battery where it was installed - without jumper-cables, etc.) The starter is open. Remove it and have it serviced and everything in the starting system should be fine. It's possible that you'll need a new solenoid - but I doubt it.

If I remember correctly, the engine has been "idle for years". I'd suggest removing the plugs, squirting oil into the cylinders, and crank the engine to lube the rings and bores. Then crank the engine with the "new" starter(and repeat this process several times for a day or so).

Then, replace the plugs and see what you have.

Kind regards,


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Thank fellows..

01-13-2002 16:02:45

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 Re: Re: Revisiting the Solenoid Problem in reply to Larry, 01-13-2002 15:44:04  
That's what I'll do. I'll take the starter off and run it down to the shop. This method is a lot cheaper and easier than taking the entire tractor into the shop and saying "It won't start, see what you can do". This board is really nice. Thanks to all of your help and support. Like Arnie says "I'll Be Back". Just as soon as I move on to the next phase.

What keeps me going on this is that the Jubilee is nearly 50 years old. Imagine, 50 years from now and I am still puttin around the yard in a century old tractor? I can wait mind ya, but as well built as these things are, it's going to be quite a thing to have, not like the new fangled Essex tractors that probably won't even need wheels to plow the back 40.

Thanks, again. Olso in NC

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