Well, I'm opening this thread again because of a situation with my JD 2040. Last week, and yesterday, I plowed our garden plots. I figured that the turned soil was dry enough, and thought it'd be a good time to run the disc harrow over it to prepare it for planting. We hooked up the disc yesterday and I was going to do the work today.
We have 5 plots that were plowed, and I was discing the first one for today, and was just about done with it, when suddenly there was steam coming off the front of the engine, which was obviously quite hot.
I dropped the disk and turned off the engine and hopped off. I was standing off to the right front side of the tractor and could see fluid, which I figured to be coolant (green colored) was running out where the bottom of the radiator was, it seemed like maybe at least a quart was pouring out onto the ground. Of course, I was dropping expletives, thinking omg, I just blew up the engine. All kinds of bad scenarios were coursing thru my brain. I do remember the temp gauge never got into the red, so I don't think the engine got too hot.
I had my wife come out and look at it, and she got a cup to catch some of the still draining coolant. She didn't know what could be going on. I figured maybe the engine's OK if just coolant's coming out.
I went to my neighbor who knows stuff about tractors, and he said it was prob something wrong with the radiator, and it was coming out of the overflow tube. I asked him to come down and look at it, and he was looking at the back side of the radiator and said, "I think I see the problem".
He said look up in there, and it looked like there was a groove about a quarter inch thick in a circle on the radiator fins. He said the core was probably punctured, and hence the fan blew the coolant on the engine, with all the steam. He said the radiator might be repaired by a shop, but I'd be better off just getting a new one.
What we could guess what happened is that something solid (rock, dirt clod?) got caught in between the fan and the radiator grill and made the circular groove in the fins, cutting it too deep in some places.
SO, looks like the old JD will be out of commission for at least a week while I wait for a new radiator. Total cost? About $225 + $13 shipping for a new one, which I can prob get in within a week. Since we need our other plots disced, I'm going to ask my bro-in-law if he'd do that for us.
Question: I want to put the tractor in the barn for the upcoming repairs and out of the sun/rain. Would it be safe to put some water in it to have some cooling fluid in it while I drive it back to the barn? The distance is only about 100 yards. If not, it'll stay where it's at for the repairs.