battery always going dead?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by plantzpropertymanagement, Aug 23, 2006.

  1. plantzpropertymanagement

    plantzpropertymanagement LawnSite Member
    Messages: 189

    Does anybody know what this could be ive replaced the battery and still the same thing ill use it and as soon as i let it sit over night it wont start it will turn over but wont start so i took it to the shop and they said it was the valves which was making the battery go dead so i get it back and the same thing again?
  2. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    A short somewhere that is draining the battery.
  3. plantzpropertymanagement

    plantzpropertymanagement LawnSite Member
    Messages: 189

    would you happen to know exactly where to look? ive checked the battery wires and stuff it all looked ok

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Valves??? WOW never heard that!!
    what is it-- maybe the wire that hooks the Batt to the ALT is bad-- I had that happen on one--or a short. BUT VALVES???
    Is it EFI-- That could cause a open circuit

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    How fast will it turn? is the batt good ?
  6. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    Pull the negative battery cable. Put a voltmeter(set to amps) between the neg. cable end and the negative post of the battery. If you have a parasitic loss, it will show on the voltmeter. Start pulling fuses(if you have any) or un-plugging wires until the draw stops.

    That way you know where to look for what is likely a short circuit.
  7. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    What brand and type of machine, what type and size engine?
  8. Budget

    Budget LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 368

    I would do what fiveoboy1 said, except do it with continuity setting on the meter. Some of the meters have a tone you can hear when continuity is present.
  9. AAELI

    AAELI LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 360

    Hate to bust bubbles but please Go back to electric 101 class. Continuity is for measuring ohms on a circuit WITHOUT POWER or you will be buying a new multi meter. A voltmeter with a audible tone for measuring voltage on a DC circuit will work. Not checking for continuity.
  10. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    sounds like the collider bearings in the muffler to me :laugh:

    seriously, i'd find a new shop to take it to. there is no way valves in the head can create a parasitic draw.

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