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I have a Ford 8n with a new battery, solenoid and starter switch. The tractor was running fine, I shut it off for a few minutes while changing the hydraulic oil and when I turned the key on I had no reading on the amp meter and the solenoid made a clicking noise and would not even trun over. Help!

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Clean all the connections where the solenoid bolts to the starter. They are copper. Make them shine.

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8N's are positive ground negative run...hence the negative wire to the battery. Try jumping the starter solenoid and see if you have a bad solenoid. A second answer could be in your battery. You have a 6 volt battery so be sure to check the charge on the battery.

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