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02-25-05, 02:29 PM   #1  
Two questions about my lawnmower......

Anyone know where I can get some deck wheels that fit my lawnmower? I have a Sentinel 12hp Briggs and Stratton Powerbuilt engine with a 39-inch deck.

I also have another question, I have an Everstart Battery in my lawnmower and I had it fully charged. I started my lawnmower twice and the battery went completely dead. Can anyone help me? I just installed new battery wires and a wire from the solenoid to the starter.


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02-26-05, 12:47 AM   #2  
How old is the battery? Sounds like it is bad.

The mower is built by murray I believe. You should be able to find wheels at most any hardware store or big box store.


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02-26-05, 04:18 PM   #3  
Posted By: cheese How old is the battery? Sounds like it is bad.

The mower is built by murray I believe. You should be able to find wheels at most any hardware store or big box store.
The battery is a little over ten months old. Isn't there something built into the lawnmower that recharges the battery; I know that the lights will work with the lawnmower running and the battery disconnected.

Also, about the deck wheels, I need the wheels and the assembly. Could I get them at a small-engine shop?

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02-26-05, 11:52 PM   #4  
What assembly? The entire heigth adjuster? A small engine shop should have or be able to get what you need.

Yes, there is an alternator on the engine. Do you have a voltmeter to check it's output? If the battery only started the engine twice with a full charge before going dead, then it sure sounds like a bad battery. Probably a shorted cell, but double check everything.


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02-27-05, 11:22 AM   #5  
Posted By: cheese What assembly? The entire heigth adjuster? A small engine shop should have or be able to get what you need.

Yes, there is an alternator on the engine. Do you have a voltmeter to check it's output? If the battery only started the engine twice with a full charge before going dead, then it sure sounds like a bad battery. Probably a shorted cell, but double check everything.
Alright, I will check it sometime in the next few days or today. It is supposed to rain soon here. How come the alternator is not re-charging the battery? The solenoid bad? The battery had plenty of acid in it but I don't have a voltmeter to check it out. I am just glad that I am trying to get all of this figured out before spring so I can mow without any worries.

 
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02-27-05, 12:59 PM   #6  
Alright, went and removed the battery and put the original one in. I checked all of my wires and they are connected fine. I am going to charge the orginal battery and try to start the mower. I did jump-start the lawnmower and the everstart battery lost every bit of charge that it started off with. I am going to try the old battery and see if the alternator starts it up.

The wires that come from the alternator gave me some probelms last year. The positive one had to have the connectors cut off of it and they were connected directly together. I just done the same to the negative wire because the connector was rusted inside it pretty good. I am talking about the red and black wires that come from inside the engine. Before I re-connected the red wire, the lawnmower wouldn't even try to start.

I feel like right now because I want this thing to run and cut great.

 
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02-27-05, 06:05 PM   #7  
Posted By: littleworker Alright, went and removed the battery and put the original one in. I checked all of my wires and they are connected fine. I am going to charge the orginal battery and try to start the mower. I did jump-start the lawnmower and the everstart battery lost every bit of charge that it started off with. I am going to try the old battery and see if the alternator starts it up.

The wires that come from the alternator gave me some probelms last year. The positive one had to have the connectors cut off of it and they were connected directly together. I just done the same to the negative wire because the connector was rusted inside it pretty good. I am talking about the red and black wires that come from inside the engine. Before I re-connected the red wire, the lawnmower wouldn't even try to start.

I feel like right now because I want this thing to run and cut great.
Alright, I bought a new Everstart Battery today. The old battery had 235 cold-cranking amps and I think 275 max cranking amps. The new battery has 275 cold-cranking amps and 350 max cranking amps. I think that the new battery will be fine.

I still have the question about the alternator; why does it not recharge the battery?

 
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02-27-05, 10:25 PM   #8  
ded battery?

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The generator in those things is a very simple and low class charging system. If you run with the lights on, the charging system cannot keep up. Only in the last few years have some manufacturers started making 19 volt charging systems. I live up north and the tractors here that are used for snowblowing in the winter always have dead batteries due to it's dark when we get off work--and---it's dark when we go to work. We have to run with the lights on. Usually 3 hours of operation with lights will kill the battery in the older models. Its news--not good news, but it could be the problem. I have only seen two of them in my lifetime stop working due to wireing in the generator itself. Hope that helps. Basically its just enough charge to get the battery back to where it should be for the next start.

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03-01-05, 01:16 AM   #9  
You need to test the voltage coming from the red wire from the alternator. The lights run on a secondary winding on the alternator on this engine, so that shouldn't affect the charging system. You mentioned cutting the connector on the red wire. Did you also cut the diode off? If so, your battery will die again. It will also burn out the alternator. The diode has to be in this red wire.


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03-01-05, 06:26 AM   #10  
Posted By: cheese You need to test the voltage coming from the red wire from the alternator. The lights run on a secondary winding on the alternator on this engine, so that shouldn't affect the charging system. You mentioned cutting the connector on the red wire. Did you also cut the diode off? If so, your battery will die again. It will also burn out the alternator. The diode has to be in this red wire.
Is the diode the connector thing where one plugs into the other? I did cut them off because my lawnmower wouldn't start before I done it. The starter would spin out of control and it wouldn't catch. If you manually set the starter on the engine then it would turn the engine once or twice and then the starter gear would move down from the engine and start to spin. I have a battery charger so if I have to I will just recharge the battery like I did all last summer.

 
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