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    Tractor dies after an hour or two of work.

    I have a 5065e with about 1500 hours. It works fine pulling my brush hog for about an hour or two and then it starts to loose power. Not all at once. It will bog down going up a hill or through thick grass but by about 20 minutes after the first sign of a problem it can barely pull itself up a hill with no other load. The loss of power is always accompanied by a white smoke.

    If I let it sit for an hour I can come back and get another 45 minutes of work before the 20 minute decline starts again. I changed the fuel filter and tried leaving the fuel cap loose. It worked better for a few hours and then back to the same problems again.

    My neighbor, old fisherman type said he thinks it’s the supply pump. I’m guessing he means the lift pump but I don’t know Diesel engines at all so correct me if I’m wrong.
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    It does sound like a fuel problem. The white smoke...just a single puff or constant while performing poorly?

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    Just a single puff while it’s struggling.
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    When you say a single puff do you mean that it looks as though one cylinder is failing to ignite (or igniting way too much fuel) and the other exhaust pulses seem normal?
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    Change the fuel filter and make sure you don't have water in Fuel.
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    Do you have a vented fuel cap? Maybe the tank vent is clogged so after a while of running, the fuel pump is pulling too much of a vacuum and starving for fuel? Just a guess.
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    I agree with others. This has to be a fuel problem. When did it start? Was it right after changing fuel? Look at the sediment bowl on the side of the engine. Look for the orange or red ring floating in the clear glass bowl if your tractor is so equipped. It should be on the bottom of the bowl. If not you have water in your fuel. If you move enough fuel through there, some of the water may get through and into the engine.

    If you do not have this method of checking, you will have to drain everything and get some fresh fuel. But not from the same source.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD 5093e View Post
    Change the fuel filter and make sure you don't have water in Fuel.
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    Do you have a vented fuel cap? Maybe the tank vent is clogged so after a while of running, the fuel pump is pulling too much of a vacuum and starving for fuel? Just a guess.
    I meant to mention that i changed the fuel filter and ran with the fuel cap loose before posting here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff B View Post
    When you say a single puff do you mean that it looks as though one cylinder is failing to ignite (or igniting way too much fuel) and the other exhaust pulses seem normal?
    It will smoke momentarily while the engine struggles. But as soon as power returns, there is no smoke.

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    Have you checked for good fuel flow from tank to filter. My guess is some debris is restricting flow from tank or possible faulty electric fuel transfer pump(AL168483).

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