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grlt1

7016 Starting problems...

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grlt1
I bought a 7016 in early December. The day I bought it I started it up three or four times and ran it around. I then parked it for about three days and needed to move it in the garage. It started up fine and I ran it a few minutes and parked it. The next time I used it must have been almost three weeks after that. It fired up and ran just fine. I used it to plow my driveway, so it ran for a good 45 minutes or so. Then, I think it was two days later I went out to plow again and it wouldn't start. It starts to turn over and then wont. It acts like the battery is dead, but I checked it with a voltmeter and it is right around 12.4 V. It acts like the starter isn't getting enough power because it will crank a little and then it stops. I jump started it and it cranks like it should and fires right up. I plowed the drive again and put it away. I have had to jump start it two times since then with the same situation. When I first go to start it after it has sat a while, it will crank over a ways and stops. The battery has always checked out being just over 12V. Yesterday when I used it, any time I shut it down I needed to jump start it to get it running again. Since the battery has been checking out at 12+V I am guessing that the generator is working okay. Does this mean I need a new starter? Any suggestions or input would be appreciated. Thanks, Kevin

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PatRarick
Check the cable connections. Could be a bad connection between the clamps and posts. By jumping, you can be bypassing the tractor battery and be starting only by the jumper battery. Pat

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FrankieC
Kevin, if you check the answers to "hufhouse"'s post about somethinng wrong, you may get some new ideas. I'm betting you need a new battery. Did you try watching the voltmeter while you're cranking (or trying to crank) it? Low battery water or a bad cell in the battery are possibilities. Also wondering if your headlights not working may be more than just burnt bulbs--something there isn't draining the battery, is it? Good luck! :) F.

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HubbardRA
I have an AC716H (same tractor as yours) that acted the same way, and everything seemed to be working. I was thinking it was not charging properly. Replaced the garden tractor battery with a 51R. Takes off first time, every time, and battery is staying fully charged. Can't say enough about using the biggest battery that you can fit into these machines.

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UCD
A battery that only checks 12 volts on a meter is discharged. A charged battery should read over 13 volts In a tractor it might start it. In todays cars voltage is so important that a battery checking 12 volts will turn the engine over but will not start it. A voltage drop as little as .1 volt can make the difference in it starting or not starting.

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