Can You Jump Start a Riding Mower With a Car?
Cleaning The Battery
Cleaning The Battery Terminals
Damaged, worn or dirty cables will mimic a flat/faulty battery.
So always check battery cables and terminals before condemning the battery.
Jumping / Boosting Your Mower
Mower Just Clicks
Mower Won't Start - No Click
All modern mowers run a 12 volt systems, and it's perfectly OK to jump start from your car.
If you are unsure, check the battery casing, it will be marked. Check the car battery too.
4 Red On
Start by connecting the positive red (+) of mower to red (+) of car.
Battery removed here for demo.
5 Black On
After starting the mower, allow it run for a couple of minutes while still connected.
Remove the jumpers in reverse order, see the picture at the top of the page.
If your mower makes no noise at all when you turn the key - Check out "Won't Start, No Click".
If your mower just clicks - Check out "Won't Start Just Clicks".
Tractor Battery Function
12 Volt Battery
What Battery Type
To test a battery, it needs to be loaded.
With a volt meter set to volts DC, red to red and black to black.
Have a helper crank over the engine, if the meter drops to 9 volts or less, the battery is faulty.
Charging System Testing
If you have a volt meter, checking your charging system is easy.
With the engine running, set your meter to volts DC and connect the red to red and black to black.
Any reading above 12.65 volts means your charging system is OK.
Check Your Battery Shape
How Many Amp Battery?
Excessive Amp Draw
How To Charge Mower Battery
Totatly Flat Hack
Wet Battery Charging
Sealed Battery Charging
A fully charged 12 v battery reads 12.65volts.
Any reading below 12.4 means the battery needs a charge.
Before charging the battery remove the negative terminal.
No need to remove the positive terminal.
If you have a regular lead acid battery, you will have a fluid level mark.
Check the level, it can be seen through the casing.
4 Top Up
Remove all plastic caps. Top up with distilled water or rain water caught in a plastic container. Fill to max.
Use safety glasses and gloves, ACID WILL BURN CLOTHES AND SKIN
You don't need to remove a battery to charge it, but sometimes removing it can be easier.
A sealed battery is maintenance free, just disconnect the negative wire and charge.
The charger is connected red to positive and black to negative, as per picture.
Charge time - about 2 hours.
What Is A Smart Charger
Using Trickle Charger
How Long to Charge Mower Battery?