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B7 May 17, 2012 Phone: 270-887-3250 Toll Free: 877-4NEWERA Fax: 270-887-3222 Email: AUTOMOTIVE THURSDAY Buy. Sell. Browse. Now! TRANSPORTATION ANNOUNCEMENTS EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS SERVICES PETS/FARMING REAL ESTATE MERCHANDISE WHAT'S MAKING THIS OLD FARM TRACTOR STALL? Dear Tom and Ray: the hills. Old engines often run just fine until you ask them to actualDo you ever address questions about old farm tractors? Our 1945 ly do something --like work. Farmall-A starts well and runs well for about 10-20 minutes, but then RAY: In that way, they're very much like my brother. it starts to miss and then stalls out, typically while going up a slope -TOM: So if your spark is weak, it could be strong enough to run the even a small one. Along with our local mechanic, we checked out the engine at idle, but then as soon as you need to give it gas -- to climb carburetor (the original Schebler), the fuel lines, put in new plugs a hill, for instance -- the gasoline washes over and extinguishes and added B-12 Chemtool and STP Lead Substitute addithe weak spark, causing the engine to stall. tives to the gasoline. The problem will not go away, RAY: So, while you said you've put in new plugs, and we really need this little old tractor to mow our you really need to put in points and a condenser, too. fields and haul logs. Any suggestions? We have a And you even might want to test the resistance of new Zenith-type carburetor on the shelf, but I the coil, to be sure it's still putting out sufficient don't want to put that in unless that's the probvoltage, because a weak coil can cause the same lem for sure. I will be grateful for any words of problem. wisdom on this. Thanks. -- Will TOM: I'd start with the points and condenser. They're cheap and easy. If they don't fix it, ratchTALK CARS RAY: Well, we definitely can help you narrow it et up to testing the coil. If the coil is fine, put in by Tom & down to one of two things, Will. It's either an ignithe Zenith carburetor. Ray Magliozzi tion problem or a carburetor problem. How did we RAY: I'm confident one of those things will fix it, come to that conclusion? That's about all there is to this Will. But if not, don't write to us again. Remember, the engine! reason you never see questions about old farm tractors in TOM: You might have a classic case of float sink. Carburetors our column is because we don't know anything about them! Good regulate the gasoline flow with a float -- just like the one in your toi- luck, Will. let tank. Most of them are made of plastic, but yours may be old enough to be made out of copper. Or maybe granite! If it ain't broke, you won't have to fix it! Order Tom and Ray's pamRAY: Over time, what happens is that the float develops little, tiny phlet "Ten Ways You May Be Ruining Your Car Without Even Knowing pinholes in it, and becomes porous. And it gets to the point where, It!" Send $4.75 (check or money order) to Ruin, P.O. Box 536475, basically, the float barely floats! Orlando, FL 32853-6475. TOM: Then, when you change the geometry of the tractor -- like by Get more Click and Clack in their new book, "Ask Click and Clack: heading up a hill -- gasoline overwhelms the float and it sinks. That causes the carburetor to deliver more gas than is needed, which floods Answers from Car Talk." Got a question about cars? Write to Click and Clack in care of this newspaper, or e-mail them by visiting the Car Talk Web site the engine and stalls it out. RAY: In that case, that new Zenith carburetor will solve the problem. at ©2011 by Tom and Ray Magliozzi and Doug Berman TOM: But the stalling is not necessarily related to the geometry of Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc. CLICK and CLACK Peabody Award-winning National Public Radio stars Tom and Ray Magliozzi take the fear out of car repair and find the fun in engine failure each week in “Click and Clack Talk Cars.” They took their nicknames from the clicketyclack sound made by aging autos. CLICK & CLACK is brought to you buy.. 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