As a general rule, you can expect the battery in a riding lawn mower to last you for about four years. Once it gets near the end of this lifespan, you’ll notice the battery will not be holding its charge for as long as it once did.
How do I know if my lawn mower battery is bad?
Read the meter. If it has 12.7 DC volts or higher, the battery is good and something else is causing your starting problem. If the voltage reading is lower, the battery is discharged to some degree but may perk up after charging. If it reads 11.5 volts or lower, the battery is most likely sulfated and needs replacing.
How long should lawn mower battery last?
Generally, electric lawn mower batteries last 3 – 5 years or 500 charges. However, the battery may fail within 1 year or last as long as 7 years.
Why does my lawn mower battery keep going dead?
One issue is loose cables where they connect to the battery posts. A loose connection makes a battery work harder, thereby draining it of power more quickly. Cleaning the posts and tightening the connections should renew the battery’s ability to hold a charge. A larger problem is a cracked battery case.
Can you jump a lawn mower battery?
When to jump-start a battery
Ideally, you should use a battery charger to charge your riding mower battery, because repeatedly jumping the battery can eventually damage the charging system. It’s okay to jump-start a riding mower battery every once in a while—if the riding mower uses a 12-volt battery.
How often should I charge my lawn mower battery?
Its battery needs to be charged eight to 10 hours prior to the first use and again only just before storing the mower. Cub Cadet does not recommend charging the battery after each use; it would need to be charged during the mowing season only when the mower is not used for at least one month.
How do I know if my lawn mower battery is 12-volt?
Count the number of plastic caps, if present, and multiply them by two to determine the battery voltage. For example, if there are six caps, it’s a 12-volt battery, because 6 times two equals 12.
Does a lawn mower battery charge itself?
Most lawn tractors possess one of two types of charging systems to help keep the battery up and running. One type of charging system is the belt-driven alternator, typically mounted on the engine. As the belt turns the alternator, the alternator continually generates power to recharge the battery.
Why does my riding mower not charge the battery?
If your mowers electrical system is not working properly, you may have a bad battery. Mowers are equipped with a battery that charges as the engine runs. If the battery has gone bad, it may not recharge at all, or may lose its charge very quickly. If this is the case, the battery will likely need to be replaced.
Will a bad solenoid drain battery on lawn mower?
There’s pretty much no way for a solenoid to drain the battery. All it does is make connection from the battery cable to the starter cable. You might just have a bad battery. Lawn mower batteries seldom last much more than 2 years.