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EGT150 dead motor, lots of clicking, gauge movement
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  1. EGT150 dead motor, lots of clicking, gauge movement 
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    I have an EGT 150 (serial# 3314, Lot 8) that I acquired when I bought my house. The previous owner had partially refurbished it and I've been able to use it to cut grass, haul a trailer and blow snow for a couple of years. I've been impressed with how well it gets the job done, but yesterday it got stuck in the snow on a slope and it died while I was trying to get it out (by moving forward and back - I now know that's a very bad thing to do to the controller - oops!). The behaviour I'm seeing is identical to that described in this thread:

    http://www.elec-trak.com/forum/showt...t=e15+clicking

    I checked the fuses and discovered one 20 amp fuse was blown, but on my machine the fuse labeled Light was blown, not Controls (see IMG_1392), so I suspect the previous owner might have switched the wires (accidentally?) at some point in the past. Changing the fuse didn't help the problem though.

    The behaviour I'm seeing: When I move the speed control up (or down) from neutral (off) a clicking noise comes from a relay behind the dash, the system "fuel gauge" meter jumps to zero and the load meter goes way up. My research on this forum suggests the main motor field coils aren't being energized. Replacing the fuse made no difference so I looked further and found a wire with melted insulation on it behind the back of the dash panel. I assume this wire provided power to the fuse that blew (see IMG_1388). It's now bare in spots and is probably grounding out, it also looks melted where it enters the connector (wire in the middle of IMG_1389). Other posts on this forum suggest the varistor typically blows when this happens, but when I visually inspected the varistor on card #3 (where the field limiters are located) it looked fine. Do they look different from normal when they fail?

    So, I think my problem is the wire that has melted insulation on it. I assume it threads its way through the machine to the main motor - is that correct? Is there something I can measure with a multimeter that'll pin down the cause of the behaviour I noted?

    All insight is appreciated.

    Tks!
    Darren.
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  2. Re: EGT150 dead motor, lots of clicking, gauge movement 
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    Hello and where abouts in Ontario are you?
    Maybe check underneath and see if any wires are damaged/worn form rubbing on the drive belt causing a short.
    I had that problem on one of my tractors.
    Thanks Doug from Markham Ont. Canada

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  3. Re: EGT150 dead motor, lots of clicking, gauge movement 
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    Hi Doug,

    I'm north-east of Orillia on the east side of Lake Simcoe.
    The plan as of now is to remove all the batteries in the tractor and flip it on its side so I can more easily get to the underside.
    That'll also be a good time to fix the steering (the classic skipping teeth problem).
    Looks like the machine is out of order for a few weeks (I have little time for this).
    Fortunately, there's a service available that can come by and blow the snow off my driveway for $35/visit.
    I had no idea my EGT150 was saving me so much money!
    Have you dealt with steering problems on your tractor?

    Tks!
    Darren.
     
     

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    Were not to far away from each other, I was hoping someone would of chimed in about the steering trouble.
    I had 1 tractor that needed a new/better gear on the steering column which I got. Another tractor just needed the collar adjusted on the column to hold the gears in mesh.
    Thanks Doug from Markham Ont. Canada

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  5. Re: EGT150 dead motor, lots of clicking, gauge movement 
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    Hi Doug,

    I'm pretty sure the problem with my tractor is just that an under-size wire melted when a fuse blew. Sometime over the next few weeks I hope to find the time to hoist up the machine so I can get under it to trace and replace the wire.

    I found a post about "typical" steering problems (and solutions) and hope to work at improving the steering mechanism when I get the machine up in the air. You mention you replaced a gear on the steering column; where'd you get it from and how difficult was the job to do? Do you have any advice that'd be helpful if I attempted to do the same?

    You said we're not far away from each other, I'd be interested in seeing what you've done to improve your tractor. If interested, send me a profile visitor message so we can figure out how to make that happen.

    Tks!
    Darren.
     
     

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    The gear is welded on the steering shaft that the steering wheel mounts on, I bought a good used shaft/gear from Harold or Jim, can't remember which, they are 2 of the main suppliers for GE tractors, there down in the States. Hardest part of the job was getting the steering wheel off.

    As far as improving the tractor,
    I found the narrow front tires easier for steering.
    The Alltrax controller solves lots of problems makes the tractor very dependable, reliable, consistent.
    The best set of 6volt batteries you can get for it.
    Gather up as many attachments for it you can so it becomes more useful by doing different tasks.

    I have a E15 with the Alltrax, a modern charger and a good set of batteries that I bought brand new for it.
    A friend In Inisfill who just did an Alltrax conversion on his EGT150 and got the same results I did.

    I live near Hwy 7 and Markham rd. This is the story of My E15 > http://gardentractortalk.com/forums/...8289-1970-e15/
    Thanks Doug from Markham Ont. Canada

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