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Stuck engine an A john deere
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Jeffrey T Fouberg    Posted 03-22-2004 at 11:14:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a 1949 John Deere A tractor. The engine is stuck. What are some effective methods to unstick this engine and get the tractor running again?

~Lenore    Posted 03-23-2004 at 13:37:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jeffrey, I have no solution to suggest,
but will you report back and let us know which ones you tried and if any of them worked?

It is always nice to get a report on what did or did not help for future refference.

Thanks, hope something works!!

Oh Yeah    Posted 03-22-2004 at 23:08:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
And more brake fluid. Penetrates everything. Let sit a day or so before trying to move the engine. Leave the plugs out.

DAve 2N    Posted 03-22-2004 at 16:31:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm in full agreement with what Clipper said in his post below, probably because that's what worked for me on my JD 70 engine that was stuck. Don't spare the PB Blaster; oOther stuff will work but I think that Blaster is one fine product.
I'm currently giving the PB Blaster treatment to a 1950 M-M RTU that has been sitting in a barn for about 25 years. Don't know if it will work as well as it did for the JD 70 but the Board of Directors of the company that makes PB Blaster sure does love me!

Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-22-2004 at 14:02:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Alright, I gave smart answer earlier.
What about that old stand-by ATF followed a day or so later with Turpintine?

Salmoneye    Posted 03-22-2004 at 13:04:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jack up one rear wheel and put the tranny in highest gear...

Fill the pistons with vinegar with the plugs out...Every time you walk by give a spin to that big old tire...if it does not turn, add more vinegar to the cylinders...May take an hour...May take a month, but it will come...

Remember to change the oil before starting her...

REt    Posted 03-22-2004 at 13:02:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
You didn't say why it is stuck,if it has just been setting, these methods may work. If you got it cause unknown, can be a multitude of things wrong. A spun bearing can sieze up an engine, overheated engine can seize. Better find out what you can about it first. SAve you a lot of grief and money.JMHO

Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-22-2004 at 11:48:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Never seen so many cranks. Everibody mad about something. My old Johny Poper started with a firm grip upon the flywheel. leaving my MIL out of the entire starting proccess.

Clipper    Posted 03-22-2004 at 11:31:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pull the plugs...shoot good quantity of PB Blaster into each cylinder...allow to sit for bout a hour....install hand-crank and SLOWLY work crankshaft back/forth in very SMALL increments.Do this with caution and time....if none of the rings are frozen/broken you should have her turning over by hand in no time. I would also pull the starter off to decrease resistance as well.Oh yeah...leave them sparkplugs out while yer doing this job...Good Luck!!

Red Dave    Posted 03-22-2004 at 11:26:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are as many theories on what is the best way to unstick an engine as there are theories about who really shot JFK. I've heard everything from vinegar to Coca-Cola to kerosene to PB Blaster to, well you name it and somebody has probably tried it.
Here's a link to the Tractor Talk board on the ytmag site. You can do a search of the archives or just post the question. Be prepared for a wide variety of ideas. Good luck, I hope it helps you out.

Texas    Posted 03-22-2004 at 11:26:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fill the cylinder heads with Marvel Mystery Oil and let sit awhile. Some times days...should loosen it up. Do you still have the original crank handle? You can try rocking it with that. Careful though, you can put a lot of torque on the crank and twist internals off.

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