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Jim Lawrence    Posted 05-28-2020 at 09:58:20 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Made You Proud!
  • AS some of you know, I have been a participant here for a number of years.
    While still practicing "Stay at Home" safety due to the virus, my grandson called me to let me know he moved my 52 "N", to put air in a tire. It lives on their place. He went to start it again, and, would not start. So, on the phone I gave him and his dad a few instructions. NO Luck. they had to pull it out of the way of garage doors. And it has been sitting for a couple of months while the virus did it's nasty things.
    So, yesterday, I ventured out, looked at my poor tractor. Checked a couple of things, put a new battery in, and tried it. "Click". So, I replace the Solenoid with another one I had, 'Click". No luck. So, the very next thing I did was Pull the starter, sanded the area on the block, scraped it well, and put the starter back on. Got my grandson up in the seat, and said,,, Ok, bud, give her a try! "Bingo", fired right up.

    So, you guys should be proud, I did listen to this form, and started with the MOST usual cause!

    Jim, in Montana, with a happy 12 year old Ramsey Charles grandson!

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 05-29-2020 at 05:39:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • HiYa Jimbo, good to see you again. Just a few things you should have tried first before buying a new battery. Did you get it tested first? Do you use a float charger such as the Battery Tender when tractor is not used for a week or longer? Going thru the entire wiring setup too is important -correct, clean, and tight. Having the correct battery cables - a 12V is different than a 6V system. Just suggesting some FYI for future reference.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Jim Lawrence    Posted 05-29-2020 at 07:11:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Tim & Bruce,
    I did go through most all of the wiring and connections, and when I re-installed the starter, I did put a very thin layer of grease around it. Hopefully it will keep it free for some time to come. I did test/check the old battery before buying the new one. I used a battery hydrometer, and then I had the farm supply shop also test it. Then we had a short funeral service for the poor dead thing!
    New 6 volts are NOT cheap anymore. About fell over when heard the price. Been many years since I bought one.

    I do hope others see this post, and when they are faced with a non-starting issue, think to start with the most obvious. Grounding is a most common gremlin..

    Spent most of the day yesterday with grandson driving the N around the acres. He looks like an old seasoned farmer up there driving that old beauty. I have to smile each time I seem him go through all the safety items before starting, and then that big smile each time it fires up. Off he goes,

    "N's" are great bonding tools,


    Bruce(OR)    Posted 05-28-2020 at 20:06:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Now you get to take it back apart and give it a fine layer of grease to keep the rust out. Or do it again. Next time in the field with the rain starting. . .

    Larry Holbrook    Posted 05-28-2020 at 11:44:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I think a lot of people, myself included , fail to remember about have a good ground. Basically all connections, I should say, not just he ground but all electrical contacts. 6 volt more so than a 12 volt but 12 to a degree also. When I was in high school a city kid friend of mine dad's car wouldn't start. I went to look at it and I could see sparks where the ground went onto the engine. I cleaned it up and tightened it and it started right up. City kids dad thought I was a genius ha. I said no I'm just a farm boy.

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