Experience with locked up engine

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Experience with locked up engine

Postby Riverman » Sun May 17, 2020 11:19 pm

Thought I would share my experience with a locked up engine on my Super A. Hope it might be helpful to others.

After shutting the engine down. The next time I tried to start it, the engine was locked up. So solid that one could not turn it with the hand crank, or free it by rocking the tractor back and forth. Thought I was in real trouble. By chance, I guess with the Lords help, the first thing I did was pull the starter. Then tried it again with the hand crank. BINGO free engine. Put the starter back on, and it started right up. Once in a blue moon it will happen again, even after having the starter completely rebuilt. Now all I do is loosen the starter bolts, jiggle the starter, and tighten it back down. I am sure the problem must be in the ring gear, but I have yet had to go that far in the engine since 1976.

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Re: Experience with locked up engine

Postby ricky racer » Mon May 18, 2020 11:27 am

Thanks for posting. That' good to know!!

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Re: Experience with locked up engine

Postby SONNY » Mon May 18, 2020 11:57 am

My uncle had a 350 backhoe tractor that did the same thing!--Must be an IH thing!

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Re: Experience with locked up engine

Postby Slim140 » Mon May 18, 2020 12:08 pm

Dad had a 140 when I was a kid and we would have to do this often.
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Re: Experience with locked up engine

Postby MiCarl » Mon May 18, 2020 5:49 pm

My H was doing something like that. A new starter clutch solved the problem.
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Re: Experience with locked up engine

Postby Gary Dotson » Tue May 19, 2020 7:37 am

When I was a young'n our "H" would do that a couple times a year. We would crack the bolts loose, wiggle the starter and tighten it back down. Business as usual! Yes, Sonny, I think it was an IH thing.

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Re: Experience with locked up engine

Postby SONNY » Tue May 19, 2020 4:58 pm

Loosen bolts, wiggle, tighten bolts and go is what uncle told me to do on his 350,---he had a special wrench hid on the tractor just for this purpose when you were as far away from home as you could get and it went clunk! --That wrench saved my butt many times when I worked for him running the hoe. We drove it sometimes 20 miles to do a job and tools were hard to carry on it, so he hid the little wrench where nobody else could find it.


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