Any ideas?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Chitown King, May 26, 2008.

  1. Chitown King

    Chitown King LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    I have a Ransomes Bobcat ztr, with a Kohler 23 hp engine. The mower keeps dying while in operation. Once it dies wont start again unless battery is jumped. Jump the battery and it starts right up and runs fine for 10 minutes or so then dies again.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. FIXDISS

    FIXDISS LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 445

    When you get it started check the voltage at the battery. You should have about 13.2-13.6 volts. You may have a bad voltage regulator causing the battery to drain to the point where the ignition will no longer fire. Check all your connections especially the ground at the battery and at the regulator . If the voltage is low then you will need to test alternator/stator output. Clean connections are critical to the operation of the charging system as the regulator must detect battery voltage in order to trigger output.... Just my half-fast opinion.
     
  3. bojodunk

    bojodunk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    How old is your battery
    check the easy things first
     
  4. Chitown King

    Chitown King LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    I found my spare battery and threw it on and it may be ok. Let's see if it makes it through the day tomorrow.
     
  5. Chitown King

    Chitown King LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    Battery did not do the trick. Tested the regulator and that is not the problem either.
     
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Clean the battery posts real good,
    also might be a coil acting funny.
     
  7. bojodunk

    bojodunk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    that spare battery is probley bad
     

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