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#1 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted May 21, 2013 - 06:01 AM

Finally got some seat time yesterday mowing with the Ford. It would run fine for a bit, but sputter/stutter when I hit a bump. Thought possibly a bit of water in the carb bowl. As I finished up, it just died. No spark again. Pulled the sides off to check things out. Found a spot in the wire to the points that the insulation had worn off, grounding it out. So I now need to replace the wire.

Sorry for no pics, but the camera was here in Tulsa and I mowed in Collinsville. But I thought folks might want to think about this when dealing with a misfire/no start condition.


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Posted May 21, 2013 - 07:00 AM

How goes the move? I've had good results with "liquid tape". Just paint it on the wire and let it dry. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted May 21, 2013 - 07:08 AM

How goes the move? I've had good results with "liquid tape". Just paint it on the wire and let it dry. Good Luck, Rick

I need to look it over more closly as I think some strands are broken. "Liquid Tape" would be good if I think the wire is usable.

The move is going slowly, waiting for carpet layers in the new 'apartment' we just built.


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Posted May 21, 2013 - 07:29 AM

hopefully u can fix it easily, keep us posted



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Posted May 21, 2013 - 07:57 AM

You probably should replace the wire if it's original Kenny. At 30+ years old and exposed to heat vibration and oil it could have a lot of weak spots in the insulation. You can also get a product called fusion tape. It looks like wide electrical tape but has a backing on it and is streatchier like rubber. You put it on like electrical tape and it fuses to itself and to what it's wrapped around. It makes a good easy repair where heat shrink tubing would be hard to do because you need to get the tubing over one end of the wire.


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Posted May 21, 2013 - 08:15 AM

The wire has a soft rubber cover, I think I had replaced it when I put new rings in. But it got wedged between the block and PTO bracket, wearing the cover off. I can take one connector off and put 'heat shrink' over that area, but that would make it rather short I'm afraid, causing more abrasion elsewhere. So I may as well remove the PTO shaft and run a new wire that will be long enough to alleviate the abrasion but not get caught up in moving parts.


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Posted May 21, 2013 - 10:36 AM

Kenny did your bracket get home safely ?
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Posted May 21, 2013 - 11:33 AM

Yes it did! Sorry for not letting you know!



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Posted May 21, 2013 - 01:58 PM

Sounds like a plan. If it got snagged once it will happen again if you don't change the length/routing of the wire.






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