Started right up and ran at half-throttle for a minute per instruction
manual. Moved to 3/4 throttle and it stalled. Now won't start at
all, or even grind. Just a clicking noise.
Man, this has got to be a world record. I'll call Guinness and
"Just a clicking noise" sounds like a dead battery. It may have been
weak and had only 1 start left. 1 minute at half throttle might not
have been long enough to charge it up. Have you tried jumping it?
I know that doesn't explain the stalling, but if you could get it
started again with a jump, you'd be that much closer to seeing if
there was real problem with the machine.
On Fri, 31 Oct 2008 10:21:40 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
That's good advice and I do have jumpers as well as a charger and
would follow that advice for an older unit, but I expect a brand new
machine to have a battery that works. Unit to be picked up by
retailer tomorrow. Thanks.
I'd have expected a retailer to have checked if it was delivered, etc.,
but it's certainly not unheard of for a new battery to have infant
mortality syndrome nor, possibly, if the unit had been in stock a while
just hadn't been charged fully.
Don't be insulted, someone had to ask about the oil.
I've worked on a lot of air cooled generators that had
engines like those in a garden tractor and the engines
were equipped with a low oil pressure cut off. The engine
would crank and run for a short time then shut off if
the oil pressure was low or in a number of cases, the
oil pressure switch was defective, the engine would not
run. You write that all your new machine will do is click.
I wonder, with all of the safety switches being installed
on new equipment, is it possible that there is a lockout
switch on the brake, clutch, gearshift, seat, cowl or
accessory drive? I've only repaired one Cub Cadet and
it was a 1967 model belonging to a customer who bought
an automatic standby generator from us. That old tractor
was very simple and had none of all those new fangled
You have to post what happened after the dealer
repairs your tractor. I would love to know what
the problem is. I'm used to working on equipment
that I've never seen before and knowing when to
call the factory rep or tech support is a skill
everyone needs to develop. If you understand the
principles of how things work, you have a better
chance of repairing something. I really wish the
education system here in The US would spend as
much money on the sciences as it does football.
On Sat, 01 Nov 2008 12:21:21 -0500, The Daring Dufas
OK, the guy who picked it up diagnosed a "bad battery cell."
He said that charging would not improve the situation. He took the
unit away to replace the battery and to have the techs examine the
entire charging system.
I agree with you 1000%. I am totally clueless when it comes to
mechanical knowledge, having gone to a Catholic elementary and high
school that provided no type of training in skilled blue collar
disciplines. Ditto college.
You can get a new battery with a bad cell, anything
can break. Quality control is much better than it
used to be and even if a product passes a factory
test, something can always break in transit or to
some odd anomaly in the material composing it.
I always explain to people that I have no fear of
terrorists because as a small boy, I had Irish nuns
for teachers. I do have an inexplicable fear of
albino penguins for some reason. We did have science
classes in school back in the 50's and 60's. It
doesn't have to be at the same level as MIT graduate
school but teaching kids simple concepts of how
the world around them functions is priceless. Children
are desperate for information and can readily soak it
up. I was lucky in a way to escape the Catholic parochial
gulag in the fourth grade and wind up in the government
run schools but the quality of education was lacking.
At least the flogging and dismemberment stopped.
On Sat, 01 Nov 2008 13:41:35 -0500, The Daring Dufas
Elementary school days were in the 50s and, in the 8th grade at least,
included a gen. science course but the concepts of which you
contemplate were missing, unless I was asleep.
But boy oh boy, they drilled the hell out of us in the art of
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