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 03-04-2002, 14:27 Post: 36066
KenSc
2002-03-04 14:27:06
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 JD 950 Fuel indicator

I recently purchased a '79 JD 950 2wd w/fel. It does not have a fuel indicator other than the thing in the fuel tank cap. So therefore I have some questions.
1. How many hours can I run before it runs out of fuel? Gallons/hour?
2. How difficult/expensive is it to put a fuel gauge on the dash like the newer models?
3. If I do run out of fuel, how do I get it going again?
I've been told that if you let it run out you are in a world of hurt. Is this something the average klutz can handle?






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 03-04-2002, 20:53 Post: 36085
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 JD 950 Fuel indicator

Ken, I have never heard of anyone adding a fuel gauge to an early 950. I would think it should be possible, but pretty expensive. The fuel tank would need replacing to accomodate a sender and the gauge itself would need to be installed. As far as fuel consumption, it varies greatly depending on what job you are doing. If you're mowing heavy grass, you may need to refill every couple of hours. If you are doing odd jobs with lots of idling, a tank of fuel could last a couple of days. If you run out of fuel, it is not a tragedy. The fuel system is easy to bleed out. Since the fuel tank is mounted high, gravity does most of the work. There are three bleed screws on the system. Two of them are on the fuel filter base. They can be loosened with a phillips screwdriver or a 10 mm wrench. Start with the screw on the left side of the fuel filter base. Loosen it until you get all fuel and no air bubbles coming out, then tighten. Move to the right hand screw and loosen briefly to allow any air to escape. Then move on to the next screw which is located at the fuel injection pump. Follow the fuel line from the filter to the pump and the fitting at the pump has the bleed screw in it. Again loosen the screw and wait for all of the air to escape, then tighten the screw. Now place the throttle at about half throttle and crank engine until it starts. If it doesn't start after 30 seconds, stop cranking for about 1 minute to allow starter to cool, then crank for another 30 seconds. If engine does no start by now you should repeat bleeding procedure. Good luck. You have a nice machine.






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 03-04-2002, 23:02 Post: 36087
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 JD 950 Fuel indicator

Having had both types of fuel gauges, the cork on the cap is preferable. My tractor is a 99 model and the gauge does not read correctly. I have to check it manually. I never had any problem with the mechanical one.
Get used to it, my 955 gets about 3-4 hrs on a tank mowing. Unfortuately I think it does worse than my MF 65.






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