- Check the voltage on your tractor’s battery before attempting to start it. If the voltage has been drained too far, you won’t be able to jump start it and will need to replace the battery.
- The tractor may lurch forward or backward when started. Do not stand behind or in front of the tractor when trying to start it or you will be run over.
After a long winter, or a long period between using your tractor, it is possible that when you go to start it, the battery is discharged and the engine will not start. You can start a tractor in the same way that you start a car. There are some important considerations to remember before attempting this. Many tractors, farm or lawn, use a 6-volt battery system and not a 12-volt one; you can’t start these guys with a normal car. Once you have a power source that doesn’t overwhelm your tractor system, you can easily start a tractor.
step 1: start tractor with screwdriver
Push in your tractor’s clutch and lock it into position.
Step 2: how to start a tractor without a key
Connect the jumper cables to your power source. For example, if your tractor has a 12-volt battery, you can use a small car as a power source. Start the engine and connect the red wire from one end of the jumper cables to the battery post. Connect the black wire (on the same end as the one you just connected) to the frame of the car to ground it.
Step 3: how to start a tractor
Standing on the side of the tractor, connect the red lead of the jumper cable to the positive post of the battery. Next, connect the black cable to the negative post of the battery. Let the battery charge for 15 minutes and then try to start the engine. If the engine cranks but does not start, let it sit for another 15 minutes before trying again.
Step 4: how to start a tractor
If the engine still won’t turn, use the metal shank of your long-handled screwdriver to form a bridge between the post of the starter that the battery connects to (this usually has a red battery wire attached) and the screw upper on the starter motor. Your tractor should start; if not, then there is a problem with your starter motor.