The ability to detect, observe, and measure electricity is crucial when trying to understand how a tractor works and learning what you can do to fix it. The digital multi-meter is like a doctor’s stethoscope. It allows us to see the invisible force of electricity and measure how it interacts with the components in our engines and tractors. A digital multi-meter measures current (amps), voltage (volts), and resistance (ohms).
The basic components in a hydraulic system are:1.) Reservoir 2.) Pump 3.) Valve 4.) Piston or Motor
As your engine turns, the camshaft pushes your breaker points open, which creates a high voltage induction in your ignition coil. This high voltage power runs through your spark plug igniting your engine. Residual electricity in your ignition coil’s primary circuit is absorbed by the condenser.
You may have heard of the term “grenade gears” when researching the Kohler K series engines. Even I have heard many people proclaim they throw the balance gears out when rebuilding their engine, and that they don’t do anything anyways. When asked why, people often site some anecdotal evidence of gear failure they heard through an internet forum. It seems to me that few small engine enthusiasts understand why balance gears exist, why they are important, and what causes premature failure. I hope this article can help you make an informed choice when rebuilding your engine.