Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:41 pm
I had not ran my Cub 154 for awhile so I started it this evening. The carb seemed a little gummed up because it would only run with the choke full open. I hoped that running it awhile with fresh gas would get it going. Then it died and when I tried to restart it ...NOTHING. That is, it did not even try to turn over the engine. The battery is good. Also, I tried the lights and no lights. I ran out of time to start checking things out, but my first guess is loose starter wire. Any other suggestions?
Thanks in advance.
Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:11 pm
Make sure your start/gen. drive belt is tight! they seem to need to be awfully tight , otherwise the pulley turns but motor dont!---I noticed this after they get hot, motor is harder to turn when warm/hot!
check battery ends for good connection and clean if needed!
Your carb inlet needle could also be stuck shut!( I am having this problem on the sickly bar tractor, been sitting 10 years,---started right up wouldnt keep running, had a bunch of bad gas in the tank, also had a plugged sediment inlet along with worn carb. inlet needle! thanks; sonny
Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:12 pm
Check the battery connections, then check the jet on the carb. Might want to run a bit of Seafoam in the gas as well.
Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:25 pm
When I said nothing happens when I turn the key...nothing happens. There is no click or whir or anything. Now I suppose it could be a bad battery connection, but I did have it started and running for a few minutes.
I do regularly put Stabil in my gas, and I had put a small bottleof carb treatment in the gas, but I may well need to take the carb off and soak it a bit in carb cleaner. A needle or jet being stuck would explain why I need to choke it. A bad battery connect would explain why "nothing" when I try to start it. A bit of the puzzler is why it would have started earlier and "nothing" after it died, but I guess stranger things have happened.
Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:23 am
bookman51 wrote:when I tried to restart it ...NOTHING. I tried the lights and no lights.
Remove battery cables, clean battery posts and battery cable clamps. Charge the battery.
If symptoms persist, have battery checked at auto parts store.
Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:04 pm
Battery ends lose contact without warning!---may have been part of the reason it died too,--no juice to dist! thanks; sonny
Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:54 pm
Yep, I just needed to clean the battery terminals and it started right up.
Never had one do that quite that way. That is, lose connection right after I had started it once. It still runs a little rough. I got some Seaform. I will see how it runs tomorrow (I had earlier put in some gas treatment...do not recall the brand). If it runs rough tomorrow, I will put in the Seaform.
Thanks for the help.
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