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mitlief

English translation: remained engaged

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14:50 Dec 8, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering
German term or phrase: mitlief
Another complaint from a German farmer about his tractor:
Bei ca. 120 Std. brannte der Anlassermotor während des Betriebs durch, weil er mitlief.
I understand the first part but not the 'weil er mitlief'. Can anyone help?
Julie Neill
Spain
Local time: 15:36
English translation:remained engaged
Explanation:
Like all modern engines (even in the smallest car) the tractor engine would have an electric STARTER MOTOR. This starter motor engages for starting the engine and must dis-engage once the engine has started. If is stays engaged (mitlaufen), it will burn out!
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Rolf Bueskens
Local time: 01:36
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Summary of answers provided
naremained engagedRolf Bueskens
nabecause it kept runningUlrike Lieder
nasee explanationManfred Schnitzlein


  

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12 mins
see explanation


Explanation:
There is a seperate engine used for starting the main engine of the tractor. As far as I know that engine should only be used for starting the tractor, but should not be running while the tractor is being used.
"mitlief" literally means "was running at the same time"

Manfred Schnitzlein
Local time: 15:36
PRO pts in pair: 16
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14 mins
because it kept running


Explanation:
The starter motor did not shut off after the tractor had started, but it kept running (along with the regular engine).

I don't know if it's possible for a starter motor to not shut itself off, but that's what the German is saying.

Ulrike Lieder
Local time: 06:36
Native speaker of: German
PRO pts in pair: 3525

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Isaac Katz
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57 mins
remained engaged


Explanation:
Like all modern engines (even in the smallest car) the tractor engine would have an electric STARTER MOTOR. This starter motor engages for starting the engine and must dis-engage once the engine has started. If is stays engaged (mitlaufen), it will burn out!


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Rolf Bueskens
Local time: 01:36
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 544

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