riding lawn mower solutions?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TroyFazio, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. TroyFazio

    TroyFazio LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I went out side this morning to help my mother in-law with her rider to get it started. it would turn over, but wont start. the battery seem very weak, cause you know how you can tell by the head lights. so at this point i changed that battery, and it still does the same thing, any insite?
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Sounds like the starter may be on the way out. Check all of the wiring connections for corrosion and tightness. If everything checks out then find someone with an amp meter and see how much current the starter is pulling. To see what a good starter pulls check the draw on a mower with a known good starter and then compare that to your "bad" starter. If the bad starter is significantly higher then replace it.
  3. LarryF

    LarryF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,181

    The second battery may also be weak. Why don't you check the electrolye with a hydrometer instead of guessing.
  4. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    This needs to be moved to the correct forum. "mechanic and repair"
  5. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

    Not to point too the obivious ....but does it have fuel

    Check the plugs for spark .... remove clean air filter ... spray a shot of carb clean or starter fluid in the carb n see if it will start
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    There's your starting troubleshooting guide, do that and ignore everything else for now lol.

    When troubleshooting and unsure of the problem, always start by checking, cleaning and replacing the easiest / cheapest parts first.
    So put a new spark plug in it while you're at it, make sure the gap is right.

    Oh yes, DO check fuel !!!

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