No Start

Sun Nov 21, 2004 9:52 pm

I have a '49 Cub, with the electric start, and i just get nothing when i hook up the starter switch with a battery charger or a battery, should i start with replacing the starter switch and than see or is there some small thing, i'm missing?! Thanks everyone.

Soldner :D

Sun Nov 21, 2004 10:09 pm

How about a little more info? Does the starter switch lever push the spring button down. Have you taken the switch off to check it out? Could be the copper contact is turned 90 degrees. Could be a few things 8)

Sun Nov 21, 2004 10:12 pm

Start with the basics. First disconnect and clean all battery cable connections including the ground cable. Both ends of all cables. When you say you connected a battery charger, I hope you mean a heavy duty starter / charger. A standard 6 - 10 amp charger will not supply enough current to operate a starter. Verify that the battery is good and fully charged. The starter could also be jammed, not allowing it to turn. The starter switch could be bad as you mentioned. Also try hooking up a known good battery using good jumper cables rather than the tractor's battery cables. Ground the positive post to the tractor frame and connect the negative terminal right on the terminal bolt of the starter switch and see if that works. If it doesn't crank over then, you have ruled out everything but the switch and starter motor.
Try these things and get back to us and we will be able to help more.

Sun Nov 21, 2004 10:20 pm

Okay, i wont be able to get to the Cub until Friday, and i will try both a brand new battery, and jumper cables! I haven't taken the switch off because the screws are rusted into the starter case. Thanks for everything. I'll keep you posted

Sun Nov 21, 2004 10:25 pm

Another thing to check. Can you turn it with a crank? starter may be locked against flywheel teeth. Had that happen to mine not to long ago (unloading at Cubarama), and felt like an idiot when I relaized what had happened. I was raised on old Farmalls that had that trouble and should have realized the problem sooner.