electric start quick question!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mbean408, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. mbean408

    mbean408 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    hi, i am currently looking at a wb with an electric start. My question is: the battery for the electric start is exposed, (there is no weather cap on it) if the battery terminals ger wet will it ruin the electric start. I keep my equipment indoors, but just like with any open trailer setup, sometimes my equipment is ran in light rain, and sometimes gets hit with rain while on the road.
    do you guys know of any caps that i can buy to protect the terminals or should i just run the mower the way it is.

  2. Elks

    Elks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 167

    should be fine. I have an exmark walk behind that gets wet some and is prob 8 yrs old.
  3. gasracer

    gasracer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,049

    You can buy a battery box at the Auto parts store.
  4. Robert Pruitt

    Robert Pruitt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    i have two machines that are exposed to the weather,but are covered with a tarp.
  5. fatboynormmie

    fatboynormmie LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,294

    Your battery will be ok if it gets wet every once in a while.You could get a tube of some die-electric grease or silicone from the auto parts store and smear it on the terminals and it will help with corrosion.Using the die-electric grease on all the male and female plugs along the wire harness also helps keep moisture out.Just unplug one at a time and smear alittle die-electric and plug them back up.Caution do not overpack the plugs because if you do you could hydraulic the pins out of the plugs. A wet wire harness will give you more problems then a wet battery.
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,508

    Slather them down with terminal protectant from the auto parts store. Dries weatherproof and prevents corrosion
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    MOHUSTLER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,376

    Ditto on the electric greese. It will save you alot of stress in your life.

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