2009 kubota b3200 tractor with HST 4cyl diesel

TerryJ

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Make
Kubota
Model
B3200 HST
Year
2009
Miles
855
Engine
4 cyl diesel
Had a no crank situation 2 days ago after using tractor for maybe 30 mins or so. Tried to attach charger/ starter to battery + first without plugging into the power. A nasty park shot out from the clamp of charger when I tried connecting to positive side of battery. Nothing else even connected or plugged in yet. What in the world would cause a spark like that? It sparked like jumping a screw driver between the positive and negative terminals. Could there be something going on with the charger? Never did use it after that. Since then, I cleaned the battery posts and now it starts like nothing ever happened. What do you think?
 

billr

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There are too many possibilities to consider; it would take a lot of questions and testing to even come up with a probable scenario. I suspect the charger is OK. I would use the "wait and watch" approach. Cleaning the battery terminals may have completely fixed it.
 

TerryJ

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There are too many possibilities to consider; it would take a lot of questions and testing to even come up with a probable scenario. I suspect the charger is OK. I would use the "wait and watch" approach. Cleaning the battery terminals may have completely fixed it.
Thanks for replying back Bill. So far it still starts okay, I started it again this morning. I think the no crank issue might have been related to the corroded terminals and the battery is six y o also. There may be a problem with the charger because I tried it on my truck and it did the same thing again, not even plugged in and it sparked like crazy when I tried putting the positive clamp on the positive post. The charger will have to Rest In Peace. Thanks for your help.
 

TerryJ

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From what you describe, it seems there would have to be an internal direct short inside the charger.
I think you're right. I tried the charger on my truck this morning and it did the exact same thing again. Tractor still starts, so I believe the corrosion of the cable ends was the problem of the no start and the battery is 6 yrs old. I won't be using the charger again since it's 30 y o. Thanks for your help.
 
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