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JR in AR    Posted 10-07-2018 at 13:29:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Starter
  • I am having trouble with my 2N. I can hear the starter spin but the bendix is not engaging with the fly wheel. I have taken the starter off, tested it off of a battery, and everything seems to be in good working order. I also checked the teeth on the fly wheel and they look good. I am not sure what to try next. I have put the starter back on, but it is still not working. Suggestions...

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 10-08-2018 at 07:16:43 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Is your tractor 6V/POS GND or a 12V/NEG GND switch over job? Either way, is the entire wiring system correct? Starters don't care if 6V or 12V, pos or neg ground, but, if not wired correctly, you will have issues. Is the starter the correct 1-Wire/3-Brush unit and NO SOLENOID? You said you bought a used one on ebay, installed it and it started right up. That may or may not have fixed the problem but you don't know for sure, you could have wiggled a loose wire or made a better connection. If you have no plans with the old starter, let me know as I would buy it if it is OEM. You could have just had the old one tested at a starter/alternator shop and if bad, they would be able to rebuild it. These old FORDs were designed so major components could be rebuilt over and over. Best to do this than buy anything new/aftermarket sold today. My email is open.

    FORD 9N TRACTOR, AFTER S/N 12500, AND ALL 2N MODELS, OEM WIRING DAGRAM:

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Bruce (VA)    Posted 10-07-2018 at 14:01:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Charge your battery and check it per tip # 49.

    The battery May not be spinning the starter fast enough to engage the bendix.

    JR in AR    Posted 10-07-2018 at 14:51:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Bruce,
    My brother had suggested the same thing so we pulled the battery and put it on the charger. After a full charge, we are still having the same issue.

    Bruce (VA)    Posted 10-07-2018 at 16:19:34 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Did you check it w/ a hydrometer? Just because it has a full charge doesn't mean it's ok. A dead cell will not show u on a voltage check.

    If you don't have a hydrometer , take the battery o a parts store for a load test. The most likely cause of your problem is low voltage and the most likely cause of low voltage is your battery.

    JR in AR    Posted 10-07-2018 at 21:43:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Bruce,
    I had a thought and drove the 87 Silverado down and switched batteries. The truck battery gave the same result. Starter spins but the bendix doesn’t engage. The battery on the truck was bought in April.

    JR in AR    Posted 10-07-2018 at 16:53:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Ok. That will be my next check. Thanks.

    Richard NY 2N    Posted 10-07-2018 at 19:50:07 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I had a similar issue with the starter on my 79 Ford truck. I took the starter to a rebuild shop and they tried it. Said it was OK. I installed it and still would not engage flywheel. Looked on ebay and bought a used one. Installed it when it came, and presto, it started again.

    Poderac    Posted 10-07-2018 at 17:51:31 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • It's easier to do the bench test using your tractor battery. It will tell you if the battery is at fault. Just remove the starter, hook the cable back up, ground it to the tractor battery and try to start it.

    Second choice, use jumper cables from the tractor battery to the starter terminal. Then you will know if it's battery or cable connections.

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