Bucket over exhaust pipe in heavy rain

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Bucket over exhaust pipe in heavy rain

Postby feg7846 » Wed Dec 08, 2021 8:03 am

Grandson was using cub the other day and did not put it back under shelter. Came a couple of days of hard rain and he did not have a cover over the exhaust pipe. I am sure that water got down the pipe. What do I need to do? Can I put a heat source like a drop cord light with a heat lamp or high wattage bulb up next to the header for a good while to see if it will dry out, or, do I need to do something else. I have just had shoulder replacement surgery and am out of commission mechanic wise... Any help will be appreciated......

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Re: Bucket over exhaust pipe in heavy rain

Postby Gary Dotson » Wed Dec 08, 2021 8:10 am

Pull the spark plugs out and crank the engine over several revolutions (ignition off) then put the plugs back in and fire it up. Assuming it’s only been a few days, no damage will have been done.

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Re: Bucket over exhaust pipe in heavy rain

Postby john2189 » Wed Dec 08, 2021 8:30 am

There is a drain hole at the bottom of the manifold. But it is usually plugged. I think it is above the carb to the front of the engine
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Re: Bucket over exhaust pipe in heavy rain

Postby Stanton » Wed Dec 08, 2021 8:54 am

john2189 wrote:There is a drain hole at the bottom of the manifold. But it is usually plugged. I think it is above the carb to the front of the engine


Yes, depending on the condition of your manifold, you may have to probe around with a awl, sharp nail, or other pointed device to find it (rusted over).
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Re: Bucket over exhaust pipe in heavy rain

Postby Matt Kirsch » Wed Dec 08, 2021 9:34 am

Personally, I would check the oil and start the tractor.

Highly unlikely that enough water got down the pipe in one storm to even cause a hydrolock. If on the off chance enough water did, the starter doesn't have enough oomph to cause any damage.

Definitely get the tractor running and warmed up ASAP though.

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Re: Bucket over exhaust pipe in heavy rain

Postby tst » Wed Dec 08, 2021 9:45 am

for a few dollars you can buy a exhaust "flap" that will cover the pipe when shut off, never have to think about it again

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Re: Bucket over exhaust pipe in heavy rain

Postby SamsFarm » Wed Dec 08, 2021 3:08 pm

Get it running?

I forgot to cover a exhaust stack on a bn one night, but I just cranked it over till it started!

Then I let it run to come up to temp.
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Re: Bucket over exhaust pipe in heavy rain

Postby Pap » Wed Dec 08, 2021 4:16 pm

tst wrote:for a few dollars you can buy a exhaust "flap" that will cover the pipe when shut off, never have to think about it again


I used to use a soup can. Got me a "flap" now I don't have to cover it. A good fix.
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Re: Bucket over exhaust pipe in heavy rain

Postby Winfield Dave » Thu Dec 09, 2021 7:14 am

tst wrote:for a few dollars you can buy a exhaust "flap" that will cover the pipe when shut off, never have to think about it again

Yep...Rural King...No more cans for me.
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Re: Bucket over exhaust pipe in heavy rain

Postby tinnerjohn » Fri Dec 10, 2021 10:46 pm

Flaps are great but it's more fun to watch the can fly if it fires up on the first revolution!

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Re: Bucket over exhaust pipe in heavy rain

Postby NJ Farmer » Sat Dec 11, 2021 1:17 pm

I recommend an inexpensive rain cap that clamps on the top of the exhaust pipe. I don’t use any because my cubs go back to the den when the rain falls from the sky.

Cubs that play in the rain never retain their youth!

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Re: Bucket over exhaust pipe in heavy rain

Postby CharlieK » Sat Dec 11, 2021 1:35 pm

NJ Farmer wrote:I recommend an inexpensive rain cap that clamps on the top of the exhaust pipe. I don’t use any because my cubs go back to the den when the rain falls from the sky.

Cubs that play in the rain never retain their youth!


very true

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Re: Bucket over exhaust pipe in heavy rain

Postby SONNY » Sat Dec 11, 2021 3:23 pm

Rain flaps are worth their weight in gold!!!! They are the best insurance you can buy for any vertical muffler engine, tractor or power unit!

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Re: Bucket over exhaust pipe in heavy rain

Postby Pap » Sat Dec 11, 2021 5:01 pm

:Dito: .
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Re: Bucket over exhaust pipe in heavy rain

Postby Jim Becker » Sat Dec 11, 2021 10:08 pm

The flaps are better than nothing. Watching the wind hold one open so the rain could get in anyway has left me less fond of them.


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