When a person’s ride on mower refuses to start, their first reaction is that the battery is dead. This may not always be the case, however, as there are plenty of other reasons that could be causing this problem. By checking whether any of these other problems are present, you can begin to narrow down whether you are having a battery problem or not.
Begin by turning the key in the ignition of your mower and listen for a distinctive clicking sound. It is best to do this in a quiet area, as the sound may be loud or soft depending on the model that you own. If you do hear clicking, your battery is not providing a charge to the engine and is probably dead. If there is no clicking, continue checking for these other problems.
Next, check the fuel and oil levels in your mower. If you open the tank and do not see any fuel, it is likely that you have found the source of your problem. In the same way, if you check the dipstick and see little or no oil on it, this is probably the reason your mower is refusing to start.
If neither of these problems is present, you can try removing the battery from your ride on mowers and taking it to an auto store for load testing. The results of the test will give you a definitive answer as to whether your battery is dead or not. If it is dead, simply buy a new one. If it isn’t, your mower will need a professional service to determine the problem.