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Boost your battery dear
Posted on Apr 23, 2015
Well, Kathy, if the tractor has been sitting for a few months, like over the winter, chances are the battery has lost a bit of its charge. A general rule of thumb is a dormant battery will lose approximately 1/2 volt each month its sitting in a non-running vehicle or without a "float" charger.
However, the first thing I'd do would be to remove the battery terminals and thoroughly clean inside the cable ends as well as the actual battery posts themselves. There seems to be a tendency for those old terminals to corrode up a bit and inhibit the current flow.
Be very careful NOT TO GROUND out your wrench on the frame of the tractor or the gas tank as you are removing or re-installing the battery because you could cause a direct short to ground with your wrench and make you really jump out of your skin !!!! Follow the cables and find the one that grounds to the frame and remove that one first then the other one and that will minimize the chance of grounding out the wrench. Then reinstall that one last.
If after cleaning the terminals AND the cable ends there is still a problem, consider having someone charge your battery fully and try it again. You should at least get something to happen with a fully charged battery and clean terminals though. If not, post back the results and let us know what did and what did not happen and we can walk you through the next phase.
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