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Ford tractor Engine started, ran for 2-3 minutes, & shut down. Restarted, ran for 10 seconds & shut down. Would not turn over, after that. Jumped starter from battery Neg. Engine turned over, slowly. Suspect starter solenoid. Any ideas?

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How old is the fuel in the tractor? is it petrol or diesel powered?

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  • Edward Apr 15, 2014

    Don't believe it's the fuel as the engine wouldn't turn over. That means it's not getting current to the starter.

  • Aran F Apr 16, 2014

    Start with the battery. Charge it up and have it tested you want a load test or internal capacitance test if the battery fails either of these tests (a workshop should have the equipment to do these basic tests) then you will be on the back foot from the get go. You may get by with a slightly underpowered battety if all cables and terminals are clear of corrosion and are secure. This will ensure you are not losing what little energy is still being held by an old battery to excessive resistance. What model and year is your tractor? You say it runs for a bit then shuts down. Are you shutting it down or is it shutting down by itself? Is the tractor diesel or petrol?

  • Edward Apr 22, 2014

    It's petrol. Engine died by itself. I'll have the battery load tested. Thanks!!

  • Edward Apr 25, 2014

    Aran, Load tested the battery. Was borderline so got another. Tractor started up & ran. So it was the battery all along. Now I have a new problem. It shows it's not charging the battery. Will take generator off & have tested. Thanks for your help. ALWAYS suspect the battery.

  • Edward Apr 25, 2014

    Aran, Load tested the battery. Was borderline so got another. Tractor started up & ran. So it was the battery all along. Now I have a new problem. It shows it's not charging the battery. Will take generator off & have tested. Thanks for your help. ALWAYS suspect the battery.

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