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 10-15-2005, 15:44 Post: 117913
Bob Alabaster
2005-10-15 15:44:06
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 Kubota B-7800 dies suddenly under load please help

Greetings, I just found this board and am new here. I could very much use some of the wisdom here. Here's my problem.
I own a B-7800, about 2 years old. I am having a intermittent problem that is driving me crazy, any help or advice would be appreaciated more then I can tell you. The symptoms are not always exactly the same, and it's driving me crazy trying to figure it out.

1) Battery is good, about two months old.
2) Sporadically, while running under load, the tractor will just die. Definately feels like an electrical problem to me. It's like someone turned a switch.
3) There is still power, all lights and gauges work.
4) Sometimes the engine will crank, but you cannot hear the fuel shut off solenoid click when you turn the key, and it will not start in this state.
5) If you wait long enough (between a few minutes and overnight!) the fuel shut off solenoid will eventually click, and the engine will start immediately.
5) Sometines, after it dies, it will not crank at all. Again, if you leave it sit long enough, it will eventually come back to life.
6) Sometimes wile driving it, you can feel it die for a second, and then come "back to life" immediately.

This is driving me crazy, especially because of the sporadic, and inconsistant nature of the problem. I can't "take it in", cause of course when it's working there is nothing they can do to troubleshoot it.

ANY advice, suggestions, theories are welcome. Thank you in advance for reading my post, and trying to help.

Bob Alabaster






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 10-15-2005, 16:46 Post: 117919
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 Kubota B-7800 dies suddenly under load please help

When you say under load do you mean the pto is running? I don't know the 7800 but maybe an operator presence switch is failing. The switch might be under the seat. If there's a switch there try fiddling with it or jumpering across it next time it's in that state.






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 10-15-2005, 19:03 Post: 117924
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 Kubota B-7800 dies suddenly under load please help

Sorry for being unclear. No, not the PTO, I mean while towing a harrow. And I have checked the safety shut off switches and they are all operating correctly






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 10-15-2005, 20:29 Post: 117933
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 Kubota B-7800 dies suddenly under load please help

Check your electrical connections at the injector pump and your fuse box as well as grounds. If you are lucky this may be the cause. Otherwise, it sounds like the fuel shut off solenoid on the injector pump may be bad.






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 10-15-2005, 21:30 Post: 117939
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 Kubota B-7800 dies suddenly under load please help

Bob, I guess the first thing that I'd ask is why the battery needed to be changed within two years? I think that your problem for what it was discribed elimintes many of the pieces of the puzzle and all goes to one potential solution if checked out properly. I'd take a good hard look at the ignition switch which is the single component that has control of all the problems you described.






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 10-16-2005, 06:21 Post: 117958
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 Kubota B-7800 dies suddenly under load please help

Have you tested for power at the selonid and the circuit that feeds it? If it has power and won't pull in then you need a new selonid. If it does not Then back ward trace the wire and look for broken connections or switches.

If this has been going on for 2 years I'd rather think you have a problem with a safety switch some where.

I remember a little skinny guy could not get his tractor to run all the time. Come to figure out needed a fat ass in the seat to fully depress the safety switch.

I would not be afraid to run jumper wires around the safetys 1 at a time to eliminate them from being the problem.






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 10-16-2005, 09:03 Post: 117963
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Other than the fact you can not hear the solenoid open, the other fault that could cause that problems would be a large diameter contaminate in the fuel tank, like rust flakes. It will plug your pick up screen under heavy load and then drop off over time when stopped. You start the tractor again and run until the you bump the tank with a fast flow through the filter and you sputter and die again.






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 10-16-2005, 09:42 Post: 117965
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 Kubota B-7800 dies suddenly under load please help

First off, my sincere thanks to you all for your suggestions. Let me try to respond...

1) I don't think it is the fuels shut off solenoid. When this first started to happen, I thought so and replaced it. I saved the old one and the same thing occurs with either one. Seems to me the chances of two of them being bad are slim. Plus the dealer told me they usually either fail, or not, that it is very unusual for one to work sporadically.

2) I will recheck all electrical connections, as suggested. My gut feeling is that this is a intermittent electrical short somewhere.

3) Battery. I live in Arizona, and the tractor has lived through two HOT Arizona summers. It tends to be worked for many short periods of time during the day. It's not that uncommon for batts to fail here due to the heat stress.

4) Believe it or not, I've also replaced the ignition switch. The old one was sticking in the "start" position. The problem has not changed with the old switch, or the new one, and again, it seems unlikely that two of them would be bad, no?

5) I have not checked for power at the solenoid when it would not engage. I will do so at my next opportunity, as this makes sense to me. Believe me there is plenty of weight in the seat when I'm sitting on it. Plenty. I have tested the safety switches, and they test fine, nonetheless I will try jumping them next time the problem occurs just to be sure.

6) Fuel. I'm willing to consider anything. However, I'm not sure how to check this?

Again, thank you all. I run a horse boarding and training facility, and the tractor is essential for the everyday operation of my business. This is not mearly an annoyance for me, but a major problem. Thank you all for your help. I will keep on pluggin' on this until I figure it out.

Bob Alabaster






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 10-16-2005, 09:47 Post: 117966
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P.S. This has not been going on for two years. The first year I owned the tractor id did not happen at all. Over the second year it has slow but surely been happening more and more frequently.






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 10-16-2005, 10:46 Post: 117968
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 Kubota B-7800 dies suddenly under load please help

If i remember right thers a controller for the shut down system for the engine that has a timer in it, it could be going bad, almost sounds like it,s going to go out completely or it could be loosing a signal from one of it,s feed wires.






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