Ang went riding this weekend… We had a nice break in the weather. Summer and her rode 7 miles… And Ang commented that Summer rode wonderfully by herself. Nice!
My “new” old tractor was not doing so well when went to start it this past week. And that compounds all kinds of other issues!
I went to start it… And it was dead. No worries… I will just jump it! Well… It could barely turn over with the Avalon running the charge. I fiddled with it for a hour trying to get the glow plug warm, and then turning it over… It would not go. Then… The starter locked up! It was smoking and making a funky noise! THATS BAD NEWS! So, I turned off the ignition.. Still locked up and running… Then had to pull the jumper cables.
A few minutes later I tried it again… The starter was still stuck. tapped on it a few times with a hammer (That’s what we do at Toyota) and it still was not releasing.
At this point, I was reserved to start looking at Starters online. On a whim I decided to pull the starter and take it to the neighbors. Del went crazy tearing it down. After cleaning out some caked on oil from the terminals inside… It appeared to be ready to go. I went home… Reinstalled it… Charged the battery… And BOOM! It started!!!! WOW! That was cool!
So, I let it run to charge the battery… For like an hour… Then went to restart it.. It was dead… So, I am thinking I have a bad alternator! GEEZE!
Next up… The washing machine started smoking and making a loud noise… Details later!