One of the most annoying things to happen to any homeowner on a Saturday afternoon is pulling out their trusty ride on mower only to find that the battery is completely dead and refuses to start. Luckily for you, if you have a car on hand you can charge up your battery and be ready to go in no time.
Step 1: Open up your mower and locate the negative terminal on the battery (it is usually black and has the minus symbol, -, on it). Disconnect the cable that is connecting to the negative terminal, making sure that it doesn’t touch anything.
Step 2: Take out some jumper cables and connect a positive (red) clamp to the positive terminal on your battery. Then connect the other positive clamp to the positive terminal on your car’s battery. Connect a negative (black) clamp to the negative terminal of your mower, and connect the other end the frame of your car.
Step 3: Turn your car on, but be sure to keep it in neutral. Put your foot down on the accelerator pedal, letting it run at around 2000 RPM for a few minutes.
Step 4: Disconnect the jumper cables and replace the negative contact back onto your mower’s battery. Try starting the engine now.
It is extremely important that you disconnect the jumper cables before trying to start your ride on mower, otherwise you could damage the computers in your car. If you have followed each of the above steps correctly, your mower’s battery should now be charged and ready to go.