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fritz    Posted 06-01-2019 at 11:00:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Suggish after towstarting
  • Thanks. My 9N (6V) did not want to start this spring so I had my wife tow us around until it seemed like it would run/idle on its own. Ever since it has been very sluggish, seeming to be notably less powerful than it was before towing it. The tow was for more than a couple hundred yards and less than an 1/8th mile. What did I hurt? Thanks

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 06-02-2019 at 16:03:56 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Suggish after towstarting
  • I doubt your tow caused your problem. I'll agree with Bob and Farmer Dan on the ignition however if your gasoline is real old, that will cause a loss of power also. Not advised but I once ran some which was probably 5 or 6 years old. Had to adjust the mixture to get it to run.

    Good Luck,


    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 06-02-2019 at 10:35:07 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Suggish after towstarting
  • 3 THINGS TO CHECK - 1ST, spark, 2ND Fuel Flow, 3rd Compression. Did you verify the battery was good? Not simply charging it but taking it to a shop to be tested. Battery must sustain a full charge under load, and when starting you need every bit of gusto it provides. Did it just click, click, click when the push button excited. If so, dead battery most likely culprit. Dan said points, but test for spark first. Next test for fuel flow, leave compression for last, but your problem is most likely one or both of the first two. You can do an archive search for spark and fuel tests. Do spark test first, then fuel, as you don't want to have raw fuel exposed when doing a spark test. When was the last time you did a tune-up? The last tine you rebuilt the carb? Farmer Dan rebuilds distributors if you need help. 6V battery does not mean it wired correctly for a 6V/POS GRN system. I suspect you have issues related to wiring and/or fuel but my guess is on the wiring. Go to our HOW-TO's and download WIRING PICTOGRAMS by JMOR and a copy of 75 Tips For N-Owners by Bruce(VA) for handy documents. Do you have an I&T FO-4 Manual? By the way, you didn't hurt anything. Avoid buying any new parts and replacing without a true root cause problem solving method. You can start with testing the battery. If it tests bad, won't hold a charge, then get a new one. Verify wiring is correct next and then do a spark test.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Farmer Dan    Posted 06-01-2019 at 20:00:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Sound like dirty points. Clean and adjust them and it should run better.

    R Geiger    Posted 06-01-2019 at 12:06:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I would check to see if it firing on all 4 cylinders. they run pretty good on 3 but with a lot less power.

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