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  1. #1
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    Sep 2005

    Default troy bilt tractor help!!!

    Hello all. I have a 1999 TROY-BILT hydro 16 yard tractor. It has the 16 hp Briggs Vanguard engine. The problem is that it is not charging the battery. I do not know what is wrong with it. Can anyone help who knows these engines and how they charge. Thanks. Steve

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    Mar 2002
    Northern Michigan
    Ford/NH 1715

    Default Re: troy bilt tractor help!!!

    I'm not familiar with this particular tractor, but have a few suggestions you might look at.

    1. Is the battery bad? A bad or shorted battery will not accept a charge.

    2. Is it possible you have loose, dirty or corroded battery cables?

    3. Check your connections at the rectifier and stator, maybe they vibrated loose. You should have a schematic in your parts and operating manual to locate these items.

    I have found, most times, it's something small and simple when it comes to electrical problems.

    Good luck!

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    Platinum Member Molerj's Avatar
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    Jul 2001
    Eastern Ohio
    JD 955, 1978 Economy Power King, JD X500

    Default Re: troy bilt tractor help!!!

    Steve, check your ground cable also. Make sure it has a good connection where it bolts to
    the tractor frame. If you have a tester, turn it to DC volts & check the voltage across the
    battery terminals. It should read around 13.5 to 14 volts. Keep the engine reved up when
    checking. If you get this reading, the charging system is ok. Let us know what you find

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    Epic Contributor Bird's Avatar
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    Mar 2000

    Default Re: troy bilt tractor help!!!

    Steve, the other guys have already answered, but just in case you didn't know it, you can go to <A target="_blank" HREF=></A> and print out an illustrated parts list for just about any Briggs engine. I've done that for all 3 of mine.

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