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doug    Posted 09-18-2017 at 08:46:06 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • '63 tug not starting
  • i changed the fuel shut off on my tug and tried starting it, i smelled something getting hot. the positive terminal was red hot, as i let go of the key the terminal snapped. turns out the negative post was loose, but now it will not turn over at all. battery is charged and you can hear the solenoid clicking over but the engine will not turn over. any suggestions.

    Dave H    Posted 09-19-2017 at 08:24:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Have you put it in high gear and gently rocked it back and forth and watched the fan to see if it moved.

    My pop's ford had the starter gear lock up for years and the standard procedure was to put it in high and rock it back and forth until it popped loose. Short cut to taking the starter loose.

    R Geiger    Posted 09-18-2017 at 12:07:14 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The best indication of a weak/poorly charged battery, is that the solenoid just clicks.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 09-18-2017 at 10:18:07 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Fuel Sediment Bulb isn't electric -there's nothing to get hot ... ; > ) but understand what your trying to say. Was it working before you changed it? Did you verify you had good fuel flow after the change and before turning over engine? Finally, is the battery 6-volt or 12 volt and is the wiring correct?

    Tim Daley(MI)

    doug    Posted 09-18-2017 at 12:28:25 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • this was a running driving tractor, the fuel shut off started leaking so i changed it. it is a 12v system. the wing nut on the negative side somehow loosened up so i had a bad ground which i believe is why the positive side wing nut got red hot. it was cranking strong before the positive terminal popped.

    R Geiger    Posted 09-18-2017 at 12:36:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I assume you are talking about an electric fuel shutoff valve? something getting hot is a sign of avery heavy current draw, I would check your battery state of charge. (load test)

    Doug    Posted 09-18-2017 at 14:35:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • it was the positive battery terminal. i assume it got hot because of a loose ground cable. i checked all the other connections coil, solenoid and ignition. all seem to be ok. ill try charging the battery i guess, it just seems weird that it was cranking fine before the positive battery terminal got hot.

    Ron    Posted 09-18-2017 at 21:05:48 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I had pretty much same thing happen, turned out my starter drive was stuck against the flywheel. I spent a week messing with it trying to figure out why all I got was a click tried 2 different batteries , jumped it, put a new solinoid finally got down to starter, just pulled it put it back in and all was great ! May not be your issue but it was mine.

    JMOR    Posted 09-18-2017 at 23:21:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The hot spot is where the bad (high resistance connection) is located.

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