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885 poor starting

Post by nickhixon » Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:31 pm

My little 885 has starting problems in the cold,I have fitted a heater plug,cold start on pump seems to work,but stil needs a sniff ,have fitted new battery but still seems to turn over quite slow,are these starters often lazy ,I have had it reconded but not shaw how good a joe was made as still the same. Does any one have any ideas why else this is slow turning over,was thinking of buying a new starter if that would help .any ideas please thanks in advance

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RE: 885 poor starting

Post by odin » Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:20 pm

Go through all the earthing. Clean the starter motor bolting face to the block with wire wool and clean engine oil, get it shinning. Then put a fresh clean earth cable from the battery to the chassis. See if this improves the starter motors performance when turning the engine over, should be fast and furious, not sluggish.

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Post by acs2703 » Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:43 am

I had similar issues - a new proper spec battery made a big difference for me but then after cutting out issues due to fuel starvation I found a huge difference with cleaning out the fuel supply. I had a partial blockage in the pipe that runs down to from the tank to the top of the lift pump. I cleaned out the line with air hose, blew the air hose into the tank outlet to clear that and cleaned the mesh in the lift pump. I already had brand new fuel filters so knew these were good.
After this is starts from cold in just a few turns - totally different to the cranking it used to take.
I would give the fuel supply lines a good clean with new fuel filters. Totally transformed my 885 starting. May not help you in this instance but couldn't do any harm either.

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RE: Starting

Post by Gard » Thu Dec 17, 2015 2:40 pm

I had similar issues with my 990 implematic. When the starter finally quit I brought it to the starter repair shop, he said it was beyond repair and sold me a replacement (likely Chinese) he also said a lot of old tractors have had the original battery cables replaced with universal ones from the auto parts store (he was right) he made up a set of cables about the size of a garden hose. The tractor turns over about twice as fast as it ever did. Money well spent.

The best trick I learned from this forum is to point the flame from a propane blow torch into the ether plug hole. This works fantastic, makes me smile every time. I will never use ether again. An electric hot air gun also works but seems less fun.

I like to also plug in the tank type block heater when it is below freezing. I don't think my cold start valve has ever worked properly but a pump rebuild is pretty low on the list.

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