A great feature of many DMM’s is the continuity setting. The continuity function measures resistance, and if there is a complete connection the meter will give an audible beep. If there is no continuity your DMM will show “OL” on the display meaning there is an open line. You can use this to test for electrical shorts in wiring or components. I commonly use this function to quickly test for shorted ignition switches and ignition coils.
This article serves as a basic introduction to what is possible with hydraulics for your garden tractor. There are a wide variety of pumps, valves, motors, hoses, etc. I hope this article inspires you to research more of what you can do with the physics of fluid.
Do you want to turn your old garden tractor into a serious earth moving machine? How about convert your manual lift system into a power system? Want to add a rear PTO? Do you want to multiply your engine’s power by 1,000 times or more? It’s all possible by using the science behind hydraulic power!
Since liquids exert force equally in all directions we can multiply the force it gives by increasing the surface area in which we want the liquid to push against. Typically we apply this principle in a hydraulic cylinder. The greater the surface area at the end of the cylinder, the more force gets exerted on the moving piston.