The Old Girl Wouldn't Start.

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Posted by Kimberly on March 16, 2019 at 18:57:53 [URL] [DELETE] :

I got a temporary reprieve on the battery by lightly smacking it on the ground. I charged it and put it back in the Old Girl and while the engine turned over nicely, it wouldn't start. I pulled a plug wire, stuck an old plug in but no sparkies. Dang, I thought, I am going to have to get points and condenser. Then a thought came to me. We have been getting rain like no tomorrow. Everything is damp. It occurred to me moisture had accumulated under the distributor cap and on the points even though the tractor has been in the shed. I popped the distributor cap off, remove the rotor and dust shield, and put a hair dryer on high and let it blow on the caps and points for a good bit of time. Put the dust shield back, rotor, distributor cap and the old girl started right up. This occurred to me because I had an old AMC once with an electronic ignition module that hated damp foggy mornings. I use to have to blow hot hair on the module to dry it off before I could start the car. Sometimes it is little things; glad I didn't go putting points and condenser in.


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