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Tractors seize up sometimes, it’s a fact of life. It’s most common when contractor has been laying around for a while. Maybe you’ve been taking time away from your farm in Columbia City Indiana, or you just bought a farm with a track sitting on it. If this is the case you should be able to fix the problem fairly easily. If the tractor seizes up while it’s running here in for some extensive repairs.  We’re going to tackle this simply problem here. These are the steps to get your engine running again. 

The first thing to do is to pour a good penetrating oil into the cylinders. You do this through the spark plug holes. Evenly disperse the oil between the cylinders, then let it rest overnight. 

The following day, get to the teeth on the flywheel by taking off the tractor’s starter. Loosen the flywheel by putting a big bar in it and cautiously moving it back-and-forth.  If this isn’t possible you can place the tractor in one of its high gears and rock the rear tires back-and-forth instead. 

Once you’ve gotten the flywheel loose, get to the carburetor. Start by cleaning out the carburetor. The first step is to check the air filter and make sure it’s not clogged.  Then check on the linkages. They are attached to the carburetor throttle and choke plates.  If they’re dirty, clean them so that they don’t stick.  Next clean the carburetor itself. Commercial carburetor cleaners are easy to come by and use. A lot of times you don’t even have to remove the carburetor to use them.  Once the carburetor is clean it’s time to tune it. 

The best way to tune your carburetor is to refer to the manual. The manual should give you the best instructions on how to adjust the mixtures. You want to make sure you do this correctly, because the tractor won’t work if it’s adjusted incorrectly. If you don’t have your manual, you should be able to find it online. Many manuals are posted on the Internet through different websites and forums. Once you’ve adjusted the mixtures and finished tuning the carburetor your set. Put all the parts back in their place and start it up. Assuming you did everything correctly the engine should start. If you’re still experiencing problems you should get professional help. This might indicate more serious problems.

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