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My Tractor Is Dead and Won’t Start

We want to help you understand how to troubleshoot a tractor that won’t start.

And as a quick aside --- we are here to help you purchase a new tractor and implements when the time is right.

Let’s get started.

Tractors Die

Tractors withstand heavy use and sometimes even abuse.

Over time --- the parts wear, break down, and need service.

Sooner or later, if you have your tractor long enough --- you will try to start it and it will be dead.

This is inevitable --- which is why this short article will prove helpful.


When you go to start the tractor --- does the engine whine a bit?

If so, you may be simply out of fuel.

Check the fuel gauge.

If you can't tell whether the tank is dry, then simply add a gallon of fuel and try to start it again.

Spark System

Many times a tractor will not start because the electrical system is not sending a spark to the igniter.

There’s an easy way to test this

  • Remove a plug wire from the spark plug.

  • Hold it less than an inch from the metal of your engine block.

If it is working correctly --- a spark should arc from the wire to the metal block. If it is not working correctly --- the problem could be with the wires or the battery.