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Posted December 09, 2011 - 08:10 PM

I got it started!:dancingbanana:

That's the good news. The bad news is is that I hooked up the wires to the wrong posts on the starter/generator and I think I killed it. :wallbanging::(. I took some rope and pull started it and took about 2 or 3 pulls but it stated and ran. he biggest thing now it is seems to knock really bad. I thought it might be because it needed oil to circulate, but after 5 minutes it was knocking still. It did seem to run very strong though.

I will be doing some research, but any suggestions for what to check for the knock? I would normally think timing, but it was dead on when I checked it 3 times yesterday.

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Posted December 09, 2011 - 08:23 PM

Sorry to hear about the starter generator....


Was the engine knocking the last time it was run or did it just start today?

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Posted December 09, 2011 - 08:27 PM

I don't recall that is was knocking, at least as loud as it was today. It was in my garage so it might sound louder in there. Also, it sounded like a loud knock and almost like metal rattling for a better description.

Also, what spark plug should I be using I have seen a few different references for this engine in the manuals. At the parts store the didn't have a D16J (I think that is what I asked for) and they didn't have it, but had an autolite equivalent so I got that.

It kind of sounds like the Bolens in this video on how the knocking is.


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Posted December 09, 2011 - 08:42 PM

I don't recall that is was knocking, at least as loud as it was today. It was in my garage so it might sound louder in there. Also, it sounded like a loud knock and almost like metal rattling for a better description.

Also, what spark plug should I be using I have seen a few different references for this engine in the manuals. At the parts store the didn't have a D16J (I think that is what I asked for) and they didn't have it, but had an autolite equivalent so I got that.


Where does it sound like the knocking is coming from?
If you take a pipe or something similar, put it against a part of the engine while running then listen on the other end and usually you can get an idea the area the knock is coming from.

I use the Champion D16 plugs in all my Bolens

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Posted December 09, 2011 - 08:46 PM

Ok. I will go to the store tomorrow and try a different spark plug. Worst is I have a spare. Could gap also cause a knock?

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Posted December 09, 2011 - 08:54 PM

Here's a list of possible problems:1.jpg

The spark Plug gap should be .030

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Posted December 22, 2011 - 10:16 AM

I ran it for about half hour outside and it did not sound like it was pinging like it was in the garage. It could have been just an echo from being inside. I will see if I can rent a tachometer from Autozone or somewhere to set the idle speed. It did seem like it was running strong, but when I pushed the throttle all the way in to idle the engine, it died.

I still have to replace the starter/generator and I hope to get to that soon. After doing some research, I will get some car wax for the blower chute to see if that helps. I have tried PAM in the past, but it only seems to last about 2 minutes. I also have to put the tire chains on. I would like to get a plow for the end of the drive where the compacted snow builds up and I have to use a shovel to brake it up and move it to the side. Also a set of wheel weights would help but I don't think I will be able to get those for a bit. The prices on ebay seem to have jumped from $100 to $150.

Other than that, at least it runs. I think the hard part will be to get it tuned.

I posted the 600 for sale if anyone is interested. Here is a link to the ad.

Bolens 600 - Garden Tractor Talk Classifieds

Asking $75 or trade for parts.

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Posted December 22, 2011 - 06:24 PM

Make sure you adjust the carb after the engine is warmed up.
Adjustment procedures are in the Wisconsin manual.

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Posted December 26, 2011 - 10:48 PM

Yeah I have a hydraulic lift on my 1050 its really an arm saver LOL.
42'' Decks are more common to find compare to the 38''

Here's a pic of the 42'' deck

Wow that sweet, nicly done.

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Posted January 02, 2012 - 04:36 PM

I have not had much of a chance to work on the Bolens with the holidays and feeling under the weather. I swapped starter/generators but the replacement does not turn the engine over well. It cranks for a second or two then stops, almost if the battery was low, but if you hold the key in the start position it will crank again after a few seconds, but nothing close to getting it started. I checked the Battery and it had over 12 volts (12.47 I think) so I don't think it would be the battery and the belt seems to be tensioned correctly. I know this starter and battery combo started the other 1050 so I know they were both working fine a few weeks ago.

Any suggestions where to start looking?

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Posted January 02, 2012 - 06:22 PM

Did you re-polarize the starter generator when you put it on? Are all connections clean and well grounded?
If you have another battery to try out that would be a good way to rule out the battery as a possible problem. Just because it reads 12 volts doesn't' mean it has enough power to crank over the tractor.

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Posted January 02, 2012 - 07:41 PM

Did you re-polarize the starter generator when you put it on? Are all connections clean and well grounded?
If you have another battery to try out that would be a good way to rule out the battery as a possible problem. Just because it reads 12 volts doesn't' mean it has enough power to crank over the tractor.


I am still looking for my battery charger. How do you repolerize? I did not see anything in the manual.

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Posted January 02, 2012 - 07:48 PM

Here's some info: Servicing Wisconsin Accessories - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums

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Posted January 03, 2012 - 02:40 PM

What manual did you get that image out of? I don't see it in the manual you posed above or the tractor service manual. Thanks.

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Posted January 03, 2012 - 06:42 PM

I cant remember where I got that image from....
I know I have those Delco Remy pages in one of My Bolens Binders.
I will try and get the pages uploaded to the manuals section in the next few days




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