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I have a l3540that wont start not getting any juice a little bus

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hello i have a l3540that wont start not getting any juice a little buss under the dash dash lights flickers with the buss for half a second then quits battery is fine even put a boost to it know when after a half hour looking for trouble the light horn dont work but when i first tried it the sound was not like the silonoid click click big storm tomorrow and the dam thing wont start
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Agriculture and Farm Equipment
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
This is a kubuta right.
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
Have you checked the fuses by the battery?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
yes kubota yes checked fuses by battery
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
yes kubota,yes checked fuses by battery
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
Have you tried powering up the bus bar with a jumper wire and seeing if anything works
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
yes
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
does anything happen
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
Also there should be some relays behind the dash have you wiggled those and made sure they had a good connection
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i have the dash right out ,yed
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
Is you power wire on your starter good and tight with no corrosion
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
Did not understand you last answer
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
checked that to
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
I am assuming you have no power to switch
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
last answer i have the dash right out and yes checked conections
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
To get it running I would jump the fuel solenoid and power to key switch on position to get it out of the storm so we can figure this out
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
yes i do have power
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
Is power going out of the key switch?
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
What time is the storm coming tomorrow?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
yes 6am i am in canada north of Toronto exspecting 10 inches and i look after a lot of people i am an old fart no job but this i need my tractor lol
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
brad i would talk to you on the phone but i just cant aford it sorry
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the last time i used it it was fine
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
It is fine I would not be able to canada anyway. If you have power coming into switch and power going out what is it not doing does it try to turn over or nothing
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
You try tapping on the starter with a hammer
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no it did make a little noise and the dash lights would flicker on and off but know just a little click not the solinoid
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
You have a connection issue somewhere are the battery terminals good and tight
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
yes and wiggled the wires to it
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
yes i checked them to
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i checked all the wires under the dash and wiggled them to
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the dam things got me beat all to hell thats wy i got you lol
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
You got power going out when switch is in start postion
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
yes i do
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
what kind of power 12 volts or is it less
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
like i said when i try it the lights flicker on dash
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
What is the voltage at the battery?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i dont know the voltage but i have used the booster pack on it and the battery is about a year old i know that means nothing but
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
I need to know the voltage or we are just going to be chasing or tails the battery could be to weak for the booster pack to work. Do you have a meter laying around anywhere?
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
Also have you tried leaving the switch on and moving the wires around to see if you can get anything to click need to check the harness on the frame might have a rub spot that needs to be repaired
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no but wouldnt the silanoid make that clicking the inside light was bright
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
Are you talking about the fuel shut off solenoid making the clicking?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
nothing will do any thing if i dont push the clutch in and no not the fuel
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
With the key on wiggle the wires behind the dash and see if you can get the lights to stop flickering bypass the clutch pedal switch for now or tie wire it back where it will stay pushing the switch
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
done that
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
We need to know what that battery voltage is.
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
Got another battery?
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
Have you checked harness from battery to frame for bad spots?
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
You done for the night?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
like i said man i am73 years old and i dont have the money thats why i called you because i can not get someone to come look at it for what they charge if i cant get it fixed tonight then ill have to wait and talk to some people and see if they will come out
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
We need a meter if we are going to get this fixed I need to know what voltages you are getting in and out of key switch and at battery
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
Can you get a meter from someone tomorrow?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no not really i would like to get it going thats why i called you right
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i guess you want to go to bed so anything else i can try
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
you got a test light?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no it broke
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
How do you know your getting power to and out of the switch?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
because i get that little click when i turn it to start
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
I think you got a bad battery from the dash lights flickering and what you have explained or either starter is bad if oyu have tried tapping on the starter
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
im sorry but they want35 dollars to talk to you and i dont know what i am going to be charged for this you know what i mean
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
You will not be charged unless you are happy I can also submit for a refund if you want
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
I am drawing blanks without a meter to tell us voltage readings
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
okay so if i get a test light what is that going to tell me becuse i know its not the battery
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
See where voltage is at and where voltage is not
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
When is the last time it started?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i apriciate your time brad but i dont want to rip you off either
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
It is no problem I am trying to help but we need more info to chase this problem.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
bout a week ago starts right up started right up all winter thats whats got me pusseld
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
do you hear the starter clicking when you try to start it?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no i dont dosnt even click like a dead battery, solienoid.
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
can you jump the starter and see if the engine will turn over?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ya i was going to try that but a big pain trying to get to the terminalsbut if thats what it takes than thats what i will do
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
Thats the only thing I know to do in a situation like yours
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
do you have to get up for work tomorrow morning
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
Yes got to work tomorrow
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
okay man i am sorry i will try and get the dang thing going somehow thanks brad i didnt know what time it was
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
It is fine let me know if I can help you in the morning
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no its okay i can not afford another one call
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
Well you dont have to pay unless you rate me or I can submit for a refund
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i really apreciate your help but if you can refund that would be awsome as long as it dose nt get you in shit
Expert:  Bradley Martin replied 1 year ago.
Ok I will submit for refund sorry we could not get it going
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
can i rate you without being charged
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
thanks brad