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You bring out your riding mower from the garage only to discover that when you turn the key, nothing happens. What do you check first? We'd suggest the lawn and garden battery. It's not unusual for them to lose their charge over time. Often, a simple charge takes care of the issue, but when that fails to work, you'll need a replacement.
Not unlike to other lead-acid battery types, lawn and garden batteries
require periodic maintenance to keep them in top shape. These small engine batteries need regular charge
cycles to keep their capacity and stay charged, so make sure to occasionally charge stored batteries. You can
accomplish this with a simple trickle-charge battery charger. Keep the
terminals clean as corrosion affects conductivity and efficient operation of batteries. Batteries with loose
terminal connections supply less power and accept less charge. They also cause terminal corrosion, so regularly
check and tighten loose connections. Use a wire brush or terminal cleaner to clean the corroded terminals. Also
inspect the battery cables for burns, corrosion and other deterioration.
When the time comes for you to buy a new battery for your mower, check our stock to choose from a wide array of maintenance-free batteries. Generally, if your equipment uses an engine that is 12 HP or smaller, you'll want a 145 CCA-rated battery. For larger motors, look for a small engine battery that has a rating of 300 CCA. Choosing the correct size battery prevents problems and ensures that your tractor, generator or ATV starts effortlessly.
At Advance Auto Parts, we have batteries suited for mowers, generators, 4-wheelers and more, including your riding mower. Before purchasing a lawn and garden battery, take advantage of our free testing service. If you find you need a replacement, we'll help you choose the right type for your equipment. We also offer free recycling of your old batteries.