Re: 1950 Ferguson TO-20 slow cranking problem
Thanks for your response.
When I say "slow cranking", I mean just that - it cranks (turns the engine over) very slowly NOT the actual time it takes to start. At this point, things do point to the battery but I am wondering now if the starter is worn enough where it might be unable to turn at the regular speed, due to worn bearings, bushings, etc. Like I said, I get 20-30 seconds of cranking and then nothing - as if the battery were dead.
I see on some YT videos where the owners crank for a couple of seconds and the tractor fires right up - and the cranking speed is considerably faster than what I am getting. Also, the starter has a grinding sound to it like someone taking a coarse-toothed file and using it on a piece of metal.
I will nose around and let you all know what I find out!
2009 John Deere x540, 1950 Ferguson TO20