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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-16-2019, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Combine Won't Start

Washed combine today including engine to get the racoon remains off it after the fan splattered him. Now the engine doesn't turn over or nothing. Checked fuses in cab, jumpered out the neutral switch....no idea where to look. Washed engine before with no issues. No codes on screen.

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Check all the connections on your starter. Same thing happened to me with the semi after a wash. Turned out to be a broken ring terminal on the starter. It might be something simple not related to the wash at all.

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List the combine make and model as that may help if its a model specific quirk someone is familiar with.

I would get an assistant to be in the cab and of course in neutral etc and be out of the way of all belts/fan in case it decides to turn over, either use a test light or a volt meter and test at the start terminal on the starter solenoid when the key is turned, if you get power then a chance of moisture issues with the solenoid but if no power evident or very low/weak voltage then start going backwards through the system as there may be a secondary relay near the engine or an electrical panel with breakers and feel for any loose connections, wire loose in its crimp termination or broken wires for that matter that the pressure washer broke off completely. I personally don't like arcing across on the starter but if you have a remote starter button tool with the clamp on leads, that can test the starters function and eliminate that as the culprit.

Don't forget to check any grounding wire harness and the main positive and negative cables at both ends, battery/starter/frame
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S88 Gleaner, forgot to put that on original post.
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Found the problem. Wire from the start solenoid to the starter had cam off the starter. Wire is pretty long from the engine frame up to starter with an inline fuse in it and it just has a female spade on wire that slips onto the starter. Pressure washer blew it off. I am surprised it had not fallen off in the past just due to the way it is routed and connected. Had to get a mirror to see the male spade the wire goes on. A little tricky to get back on but not bad.
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Getting geared up to mud out the wheat? You guys been getting your share of water down there.
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Getting geared up to mud out the wheat? You guys been getting your share of water down there.
We been getting plenty of rain. A lot of guys took prevent plant on corn around here. We got done with corn week ago today and didn't do any prevent plant. Cut 70 acres of wheat yesterday, ground was good and firm but this particular field missed the 2'' rain we got this past Sunday on most of the other wheat ground. Wheat is still wet, 22% yesterday but was just trying to get something done.
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22 might be better than 16 and sprouting. If it keeps raining,the sprouts will appear.
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22 might be better than 16 and sprouting. If it keeps raining,the sprouts will appear.
X10, we made a lot of money in 2015 drying 22 percent wheat had good quality and they payed good for using it for blending. And drying his time of the year is cheap its not cold yet, if you have a dryer i would go for sure, unless you have deere combine they dont seem to harvest touh wheat very well imo.
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