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Mtn-man

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Yesterday while using my 873 with the bucket, the engine just died without any warning. No sputtering, nothing, just stopped. When I tried to start it, it turned over fine but would not even attempt to start. I figured it was something to do with the fuel supply, but there were no leaks. I did not have a clue! This morning I called up my local Bobcat service man and told him the story. He immediately said to check the little screw holding the fuel shut-off soleniod on. This is the little black box below the alternator with two wires coming out of it. I went up to the work site and checked the thing to see if it was loose. It was'nt loose, but what the hell, I got a screwdriver and tightened the little screw holding it on about a turn. I went in the cab and to my complete amazement it started right up!! I never would have figured that one out! When I called up the Bobcat man to thank him and to tell him the good news, he said I was the third person that day that had that exact same problem!! I thought I would pass this on to you guys. Did any of you run into this before? Jay
 

Eric

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This is how I disable my G Series 863 when I leave it on a jobsite. I unscrew it just enough to disable it, not all the way. It works realy well because it will confuse the hell out of someone if the try to move it. Everything turns on, engine turns over, but it will not start. Im tempted to put in a inline kill switch on one of the wires so that I dont have to unscrew it.
 

Mtn-man

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This is how I disable my G Series 863 when I leave it on a jobsite. I unscrew it just enough to disable it, not all the way. It works realy well because it will confuse the hell out of someone if the try to move it. Everything turns on, engine turns over, but it will not start. Im tempted to put in a inline kill switch on one of the wires so that I dont have to unscrew it.
Good idea!! Jay
 

Tigerotor77W

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Good idea!! Jay
Eric -- out of curiosity, is there any kind of kill switch currently? I was in a few Cat machines that had electrical power and the switches came on at the turn of the key but no engine. Do you think this little screw was why?
 

Eric

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Eric -- out of curiosity, is there any kind of kill switch currently? I was in a few Cat machines that had electrical power and the switches came on at the turn of the key but no engine. Do you think this little screw was why?
I personaly do not have a kill switch installed on my machine yet, nor do I think it comes that way from the factory. Did the engine turn over?
 

Tigerotor77W

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I personaly do not have a kill switch installed on my machine yet, nor do I think it comes that way from the factory. Did the engine turn over?
Nope. You'd turn the key and the lights in the cab come on, but no noise whatsoever from the engine.
 

Tazza

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Nope. You'd turn the key and the lights in the cab come on, but no noise whatsoever from the engine.
All you need to do is cut the wire that powers the starter motor solenoid and attach a switch, when the switch is off the engine won't crank. Just hide the switch somewhere.... There aren't alot of places that you can really hide such a thing in the cab of a bobcat tho. Unless you attach it somewhere next to or behind the seat. Or better yet, a good excuse to buy a new Bobcat with a deluxe keypad, wonder of the mrs would approve.
 

Tigerotor77W

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All you need to do is cut the wire that powers the starter motor solenoid and attach a switch, when the switch is off the engine won't crank. Just hide the switch somewhere.... There aren't alot of places that you can really hide such a thing in the cab of a bobcat tho. Unless you attach it somewhere next to or behind the seat. Or better yet, a good excuse to buy a new Bobcat with a deluxe keypad, wonder of the mrs would approve.
Seems like you big manly men with big, heavy toys are being help hostage by the bosses of the family: the women! (okay, just kidding around... no offense to anyone. Maybe I should move this to the Off-Topic forum? :))
 
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