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Battery will not hold a charge. i charge it or jump it off and it will be dead the next time I use it. I even bought a new batter and it was drained when I went to use it again

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My guess is the key switch is bad and is staying energized when it should be off. Or you're just leaving it in the on position which is common as well. Not a lot of things to drain on a lawn tractor without being aware of it, ie; smoking ignition solenoid or headlights staying on or the starter running continually. If your stator (alternator) was bad, it would drain the battery when running because the machine wouldn't run of the power produced by it, it would run off the stored power in the battery itself, the battery is merely there to initially start the engine and act as a radiator overflow would in a car.

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If a new battery is not holding a charge after a week, then there is a drain on the electrical system when the ignition key is removed.

To confirm this hook up an ammeter to the battery, remove the key, make sure everything is turned off and check the meter. It should show a zero output. Any indication means that current is leaving the battery and that condition will over a period of time discharge the battery. Till you locate the problem, disconnect the battery immediately after use after having made sure that your electrical system charged the battery while you were using it. U have to locate the source of the leak because lead acid battery packs are not tolerant of deep discharges - they will prematurely kill the battery.

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You can get a cheap DVOM from Harbor Freight for around ten bucks. Set it on DC Volts and check the battery voltage after its charged WITHOUT the motor running. Then start the mower and check the battery voltage while it IS running. If the alternator is putting out, the voltage will go UP. If its not putting out voltage, the battery voltage with be the same as when the mower is not running.

Your problem lies withing the charging circuit if the voltage does NOT go up. If it does go up but the battery is still dead the next time you get it out, take the + terminal OFF as soon as you finish mowing. Put it back on next week when you need to mow again, and if it is still charged....you have a drain in the electrical system and the real fun begins as it is discharging through a ground draining the battery.

You could also have a bad cell in the battery as they have a tendency to sulphate up over the winter without the use of a 'battery tender' whose job it is to 'top off' the battery continually and as a result keeps the battery 'de-sulphated' during periods of non-use.

An auto parts store should be able to bench test the battery to tell you if its good or not.

If you choose to use a battery tender it is important to utilize one that is a " floating charger " and not one that has a steady output. They also will not charge a dead battery, they are used to 'maintain' voltage on a fully charged battery.

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It sounds like it has a short on it or the alternator isn't giving a charge. check the wiring for breaks... charge the battery up and get a altmeter to test if when running the battery is getting a charge, hope this helps

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