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My witte is afraid of bad weather


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Old 02-02-2005, 05:44:35 PM
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I've got a 1925 B 2 hp Witte. I keep it in my garage. We had it at the fall jacktown show cold and rain, it would not run at all . Took it home. Pulled it out three weeks later on a dry nice day, ran like a watch . Two weeks ago I took it out again on a real cold day, would not run popped a few times. It had plenty of fuel, it clearly is able to pull it up into the mixer. Great workout for those of us not gifted with the athletic touch Today, I pulled it out for fun (another nice mid 40ish day) runs like a watch!. What gives here?. The only thing I can figure is that the Wico EK is weak. Last time I looked at the spark fron the plug, it was yellowish and not real strong on those bad weather days. What do you check besides the look of the spark to know what either needs replaces or does it need a charge?
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try triping the ek by hand, if you can pull the armiture frim the mag easly it will ned work...also you may consider a new condenser (Think I got that right)

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What kind of oil are you using on the EK? I had an engine come to me once, owner said it had weak or no spark in cold weather. The oil he was using was so thick when cold that the armature would not snap properly. I cleaned everything good and used some light oil, hasn't had a problem since. This might not be your problem but is something often overlooked.

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Default Re: My witte is afraid of bad weather

Sure seems like it would have to be an ignition problem to me also. I don't know a lot about your EK, but wet air could affect electricals but shouldn't affect the fuel system or compression. Those 3 is all it needs t run. (in proper timing of course)
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Default Re: My witte is afraid of bad weather

Another thing to check is the ground between the bracket the mag mounts to, and the block, if rusty, greasy, it could not let the mag ground in damp weather, Just a thought
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I have a Stover KE that does the same thing in cold, damp weather. Pull the plug, heat everything with a hot air gun and away it goes. Go figure.

Fuel and compression is not the problem.

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Well I have the solution...any engine that does not like bad weather can be sent to me in sunny Ca. They will always be happy

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Thanks for all the thoughts, I will at least replace the condenser, which I will bet is the biggest problem We shall see.....
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