Starter Issues

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Posted by Harry G on July 26, 2017 at 20:12:04 [URL] [DELETE] :

I am not a mechanic, more of a tinkerer and learning along the way. I've referred to this awesome site over the past 10 years for help with my tractor.

Problem: I have a 1950 8N which is a 12v conversion.The battery failed due to age and I was jumping it off until I made it to buy a new battery. It started clicking and after research, I replaced the solenoid (From TSC and I've read not to trust them), and took one wire off at at time and put on new solenoid the same way.

When I connected the charger and then turned it on, the engine began turning over as soon as I turned the charger on. NOTE that there is a key ignition and the starter button has been disconnected prior to my owning the tractor.

I thought perhaps it was the ignition so I replaced it also. The starter post that the solenoid connects to was lose, so I tightened it down. I checked all connections which seem to be good and match the photos I took prior to swapping solenoids and ignition. Now, there is no turning over of engine even with charger on even on cranking amps.

I've read post on other sites that say, there is no way to fix it and the entire harness should be replaced. Is that extreme or are there other ways to check or have you smart guys here heard of turning over without the key in and what are your suggestions.


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