The riding lawn mower battery is often the top suspect if you suddenly find your riding lawn mower stalling when you turn on the ignition. Here you will find information on how to check if it really is a battery problem, how to buy the right battery, and how to remove the old battery and install the new one on your riding lawn mower.
What to Do When Your Lawn Mower Won’t Start
This problem is common in the spring, after the lawn mower has been sitting idle for an entire season. Before you run down to have the battery replaced, it is important that you first give your riding lawn mower a once over.
The first thing that you need to check is the fuel tank. Most people empty the tank at the end of the mowing season.
If the fuel tank has adequate fuel, check if the engine is properly “choked”. Most mowers have safety features installed that prevent the machine from starting if certain conditions are not met. For example, in some models, the lawn mower will not start if there’s no one sitting on it or if the clutch pedal is not depressed.
If your riding lawn mower still won’t start, the engine may be flooded. Allow it to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before attempting to start it again.
If that still doesn’t work, then check the battery compartment. Are the cable wires clean? How about the terminals? Try to charge your battery. If these measures don’t make any difference, then it’s time to replace your riding lawn mower battery.
How to Make Sure You Buy the Right Riding Lawn Mower Battery
There are many different types and sizes of batteries for riding lawn mowers. To make sure you buy the appropriate battery for your riding lawn mower, there are some information you need to bring with you when you go to a shop:
1. The brand, model, made and year of your riding lawn mower.
2. The battery specifications of the current battery in your lawn mower. Be sure to jot down the voltage, model number, brand, and to measure the length, width and height.
If you can bring the old battery with you to the shop, then it’s even better. Bringing it in will help ensure you buy the right battery for your machine. Some shops accept trade-ins and when you bring it in, you can help ensure that your old battery is disposed of properly.
How to Replace the Battery in Your Riding Lawn Mower
To replace the battery in your riding lawn mower, first locate where the battery is. Check the manual for the location of the battery compartment. Some models store the battery under the hood, while others keep in under the seat.
Once you’ve found it, it’s time to remove the old battery. Make sure your lawn mower is switched to the off position. Remove the holding strap or bar that keeps the battery in place. Remove the cable wires from the terminals. And then lift the old battery out.
Put the new battery in the battery compartment. Before replacing the cable wires, clean the terminals with a stiff brush dipped in baking soda solution to remove corrosives that may have stuck to them. Wipe dry with a rag before attaching the cable wires to the battery terminals.
Make sure you put the cable wires on the appropriate charge terminal. The positive charge cable wire should be attached to the positive battery terminal, and the negative charged wire should be clamped to the negative battery terminal. The positive cable is usually black, and the positive battery terminal is always larger than the negative terminal. Plus, the battery terminals are often marked with the appropriate (+) or (-) sign.
Once the cables are firmly attached, replace the holding strap or bar and close the battery compartment.