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    1949 JD B won't start

    This tractor haso been an extremely reliable tractor for years. It always started! The battery was dead for a long time, but it hand started so easily I didn't replace it. One time it wouldnt start, so myou Dad and I pulled it to start jt. Literally pulled it 5 feet and started. Got a new battery, and it WILL NOT START on it's own. Again, starts very quicker when pulled, but not by itself. Replaced spark plug wires and spark plugs, still won't start except for now it does kick a few times. Points are good. I'm so frustrated! Any suggestions?

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    We need some more info.
    Does this tractor have a mag?
    You say it wont start now, is that it wont start by the starter? Or is it wont start even if you bump start it?
    Bump starting is either to roll it down a hill or to pull it with another motor vehicle.
    Tell us what exactly you are doing when you start it otherwise.
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    Yes, this tractor has a magneto. It will not start via the starter or by turning the engine by hand. It does start easily when pulled by another tractor. I took one plug wire off and put another spark plug (the same one in the tractor, Autolite 3116) and touched it to the frame and turned it over to see if it had spark, and it appeared to have a decent spark. I forgot to also mention, once I got the engine running after pulling with another tractor, it ran well
    Last edited by jdmatt; Today at 12:25 AM. Reason: Missing an important detail

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