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Old 04-13-2015, 03:31 PM   #1
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Poulan pro 54 inch won't start


Hi I have a newer poulan pro briggs and straton engine ride on.
Before the winter I change the plugs and oil and put stabilizer in my gas and let it run for a few minutes. I made sure to grease all the nipples .
I tried starting it for the first time since it's hibernation

I don't remove the battery but I just charge it on the first usage. This year she wouldn't start. I turn the key and the dash with the amount of used hrs. Comes up. I hear a faint clicking sound but it won't crank over. I tried putting some gas in the plug to kick start it

It sounded like a backfire but still didn't start.
It's weird I've never had this issue before.


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Old 04-13-2015, 03:51 PM   #2
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First of all, never put grease on nipples, that's what zerks are for. I get irritated when someone tries to grease my nipples. My guess is you have a bad cell in your battery and it wont take a charge. Pop out the battery, get it tested.
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Got a meter that checks DC voltage?
Cleaned the battery terminals?
Tried jumping it off the car or truck battery?
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Yes, if it doesn't turn over but it is clear there is some power and especially hearing the click (likely from a solenoid) get the battery tested.


Now, if it is s 12 volt battery you can jump start the tractor using your car battery.
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Thanks I'll try that

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Dc voltage read 11.25 v. I charged the battery again. Still no luck I noticed that it tries to turn ...maybe 3 or 4 times and that is it.it clearly isn't firing.
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Dc voltage read 11.25 v. I charged the battery again. Still no luck I noticed that it tries to turn ...maybe 3 or 4 times and that is it.it clearly isn't firing.
Ayuh,.... That battery is Dead,....
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Should I try jumping it with the car battery?
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Should I try jumping it with the car battery?
Either that or with a charger/starter (everyone should have one). It sounds like your battery just isn't putting out enough amps.
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Most lawn tractors come with the cheapest battery the manufacturer can get.
Add to this,the fact that most tractors/equipment sit in a dealership,or store for up to a year,before being sold,and you will have battery problems.
Also,stores,unlike dealerships,aren't known for doing proper "set up".They simply bolt them together,and put them on display. They don't level decks,or grease them,etc.
A friend of mine bought a Husqvarna from Home Depot,last year,and never got to use it, because the engine seized,when they were unloading it. The people at the store,didn't put oil in it..... just pushed it onto a trailer,and "delivered" it !
One of my customers brought in a new Troy Bilt with damage to the deck. Seems the store didn't put the pins in the deck lift arms,and it dropped at the rear,and the blade smacked something,and broke the mandrel.
My advice: When buying from a store,double check EVERYTHING !
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Should I try jumping it with the car battery?
If you do don't have the engine running, and use best practices when doing it.
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I tried without the engine running and nothing happend and it wouldn't turn over. I started the car and was able to fire the tractor. It ran no problem for about 15 minutes or so. I parked it back in the shed and tried to restart it and no luck. So I guess I will have to get a new battery
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Should I try jumping it with the car battery?
Sure. Jump start it to get it running. But you're going to need to replace the battery. Most lawn equipment batteries are designed to run for MAYBE 2 years. Often they only last 1.

Clean your battery cables good, and replace the bolts on the battery cables with stainless steel bolts & nuts.
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