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#1 bread320i OFFLINE  

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Posted December 25, 2010 - 02:04 PM

I've had this problem before, but forgot why. I went to check for spark on the 1050 today and both hands got shocked, one hand on the key, the other holding the plug wire to a ground. A poorly insulated plug wire can cause this but is there something else I missed? This tractor has fresh paint everywhere is it possible that paint is keeping something from grounding out? Is the ignition switch suppose to be touching bare metal on the dash?

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Posted December 25, 2010 - 02:29 PM

Some switches ground through the mounting for killing ignition, while others have a grounding wire from switch. I would be sure there is a solid ground connection from the body of the switch to frame.

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Posted December 25, 2010 - 08:44 PM

I would be sure there is a solid ground connection from the body of the switch to frame.


:ditto:
It's the path of least resistance. If there is less resistance where you're touching the wire - then thru you - then to ground: wham.

I'm wondering if you had your hand resting on the block & the switch isn't grounded well. You would provide some of the ground path needed. IE: mild to medium shock

If it was an "ouch" or "huh" shock, I'd say this was the case... if it was an "%*&$^%$#*^%~" SHOCK, then I'd say you have a bad spot in the plug wire.

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Posted December 26, 2010 - 02:41 PM

I ground the paint off the back side of the dash and all is good, and I have a great spark.

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Posted December 26, 2010 - 08:34 PM

I ground the paint off the back side of the dash and all is good, and I have a great spark.


Glad to hear you got the problem solved




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