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I just replaced a the battery (12v) on my tractor and fired it up and it seemed to be charging too much so i took off tge regulator cover and it was sparking at the points. I took a screwdriver handle and pushed on the plate to see what it would do. I know, idgit! Anyway it died right away and now it won't even click. I know the battery has juice too. Checked the wires and they seem fine. If i ruined the regulator it would still start right?
 

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Yes it will still start but the regulator has been cooked by the sound of it. There is a way to redo them, clean the points with a piece of sand paper, not emery paper. Don't alter the gap anywhere, when you hook it up touch the generator terminal to earth, momentarily with the tractor running at half throttle.
Depending on how much you have fried it, as to whether it will come back to life.
 

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Thanks for the advice! I went to Downing Tractor and bought a new one, pretty cheap. Could it have cooked the ignition? Still not getting even a click and the amp gauge doesn't budge. I replaced that about four years ago. The wiring is mostly original and it could even be an internal break on one of them.
 

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Okay, been taking the tractor apart a little, don't like the wiring harness much. Stil no res ponce with new ignition switch but did try a jumper wire from the starter pole on the switch to the big connector on the solenoid and the starter kcked on. So the wiring to that terminal is bad? The other single wire from the ignition to the solenoid is good.
 

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Maybe I'm not making sense to you. Ibought a universal ignition switch with the center pole marked start, ignition on one and battery on one the other is accessory. I hooked a jumper wire from the ignition pole to the solenoid large pole which has two wires on it . It fired up but the amp gauge stayed right in the middle and the key wouldn't shut the tractor off, had to pull the jumper wire off. Something is not right of course. Scrambled a wire? I did transfer the wires one at a time to the ignition switch.
 

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This is now a Auto specialist job. Take your battery right out before serious damage is done. eg. FIRE
 

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Have you got a multimeter? If not get one. You can set it ohms & it will beep when you touch one lead to terminal & the other to end of wire. You don't need to have an engineering degree to use it but if you can do AC Volts, DC Volts and resistance like checking for a good ground or break in a wire you can fix anything. Plenty of Youtube videos on how to operate the meter. multimeter-523153_960_720-5768a8193df78ca6e45dc883.jpg multimeter-523153_960_720-5768a8193df78ca6e45dc883.jpg
 

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Found a bad wire going from ignition to starter. Used a wire with aligator clips and just cliped the two connections. I think the original has an internal break cuz i wiggled it and it started, then it wouldn't after wiggling it again. Old and brittle, just like me!
 
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