So, my questions are about the electrical systems on the old tube frame Bolens'. It seems after running the 850 for a little over an hour on Sunday and then another hour and a half today, I am worried about the electrical system. It seems like the coil is hot to the touch as well as the starter/generator. Is this normal for running the engine at high RPMs for several hours? On Sunday for some reason I also left the ignition key turned to run while the engine was off. After about 15-20 minutes, I noticed that the coil was hot to the touch while the engine wasn't running with the ignition on. Is this normal as well or a sign of a bad coil? The engine seems to run fine, but I don't need my Bolens to burst into flames or melt the wiring in the engine compartment like what happened to poor Hatedge, no offense!
I also can't tell if the generator is working properly or not. The ammeter needle seems to just flop around between + and - while the engine is running, but it could just be because it is an old and inaccurate gauge? I have a new battery in the tractor, but after running it a few times already, it seems like the starter is turning over slower, like the battery is draining and not being charged properly? This, coupled with the starter/generator running hot has me concerned that I need it rebuilt or replaced.
(After running it for a couple of hours, I was spraying off the deck with the hose and noticed some steam coming from the engine. I thought it was just because the engine was hot, but I sprayed some water on the starter/generator and found that was the source of the steam. I lighly touched it with my hand and it was indeed quite hot.)
Any ideas, suggestions, tips, comments, etc??? Thanks!!
Edited by MailmAn, July 23, 2012 - 09:28 PM.