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Installing lawn mower battery

What does the positive (+) and negative (-) mean on the battery? and how should they be set.

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  • fallingchip Mar 24, 2009

    A new battery last two weeks. Now the battery cables are sparking and melting the battery terminals, and yes they are hooked up right.

  • Clint Fonder Jul 26, 2013

    Are you sure it's hooked up right? The mower should blow a fuse before it melts the cables except if the cables are reversed. Check any light wiring. Headlight wiring in the grill is notorious for arching, causing battery damage.


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I have Yardman, MTD, 13 HP, 38", 6 speed. Put in new spark plug and new battery. Started first time and successive times (2), battery is completely drained. Can be jumped and started and will mow, but when it is shut off, there isn't any battery to restart. What would be draining the battery or not allowing it to recharge????

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