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Lawn mower won't start unless I jump start it

I bought a new battery and it only starts when I jump start it.

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    Ian Summerfield Jul 10, 2010

    was the battery precharged?take a lead off and put it on charge overnight,and then retry

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Take the battery back and have them test it (if they don't have the equipment, go to a specialized battery store instead where they'll test it for free). A new battery that has been sitting on a shelf a long time -- more than a couple months -- will discharge itself. Don't let them just charge it up for you -- the ultimate life of the battery will have been reduced. Get a fresh battery - look at the manufactured date sticker.

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