MF 165 starting problem

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MF 165 starting problem

Mark treefarm
I have a Massey MF165 diesel with a starting issue. Seems to be worse in very cold weather ( below zero) in fact in the last 3-4 weeks I havent been able to start it at all.

When I turn the Key I get a sense that things are engaing , but the starter doesnt make a sound.
I have put a new Battery in the tractor , earlier in the summer when I had a similar problem. At that time I gave the starter a tap with a hammer and it started next try.used it for the remaining of the summer , no issues.

In an effort to fix this problem I replaced the solenoid last weekend, thinking thats why the starter wouldnt engage.

As the weather is cold, I have a block heater and i plug it in for at least 2 hours before attempting to start. Still no go.
I am thinking the only thing left is to rebuild or replace the starter.
is there anything I am missing?

Once I get the thing cranking, then I can deal with fuel issues etc.


Geoff Gane Hi Mark,are you sure that there is power getting to the solenoid when you turn the key?,there is a safety start switch situated on top of the gearbox just behind the engine/gearbox join...try and join the eires and see what happens as this will eliminate the safety switsh....there are other things to try but one step at a time is less confusing.....feel free to get in touch if need be...Remember I am going on UK spec as that might differ from your 165 depending on what part of the globe you are from
Big Dean Hi Mark If you can hear the solenoid clicking when you try to start it your problem is probably your starter. If the solenoid does not click then I would check the neutral safety switch like Geoff says.
evan I have a MF 50F it will not start only if I jump it I have replaced the battery had the altornator checked and starter solinods are good any idea what could be wrong with it.

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