Since winter is coming, I think I've used my lawn tractor for the last time this
season. I store the tractor in an unheated shed (Northern Iowa).
Should I pull the battery out, or leave it in?
Could I leave it in the tractor and use one of those little solar powered
battery maintainers to keep it charged over winter?
i guess that would work on the battery, as said,id be concerned that
the gas was treated as well and run a few minutes to get the treated
fuel into the carb..lucas
Good advice on the fuel treatment. I had planned to do that. My main concern
is the battery, the last one crapped out after 9 months, the guy at the shop
claimed it was from being left outside all year. I never know for sure when the
last time I may run the mower is (lots of leaves to be picked up until the first
snow falls) so I'm hoping to find a way to avoid bringing it in if I can.
The shop guy was partly right. #1. IF the battery goes dead (for whatever
reason) it will freeze and be ruined. #2. Those little batteries are
usually only good for about a year anyway. As for the fuel stabilizer, I
wouldn't worry about it unless you're gonna leave it sit for a year or more.
Just DO NOT run it out of fuel. Keep it full to the brim to prevent rust.
Bring the battery inside for the winter.
Re: the battery, I've gotta disagree with you on that one, Steve. My
average over the course of 23 years is 3.5 yrs. I too agree on keeping the
gasoline topped off. THat started for me in the days of steel tanks,
including my motorcycle. Now that the mower/ tractor tanks are plastic I
have tried it both ways and they both work. I did have a service tech tell
me that today's gasoline has a 2 week stability time due to changes brought
on by air quality standards. I'm with most others who stabilize all of
their gasoline all year long. Since doing this I have not had an issue.
to each his own. I have a '76 ford f-250 that was last filled up on 9-11-01
right before the gouging took place. It still starts and runs fine when i
need to move it from one pasture to another. Yes, i've seen fuel that has
turned to varnish. and NO i don't believe the two week thing.
I don't agree that the batteries are usually good for about a year.
This fall, I replaced for the first time, the battery in my 11 year
I don't have the extreme cold weather to fight, but keep the mower
in my garage anyway. On the first of each month I put the battery
charger on to keep the battery fully charged, usually only takes
less than ten minutes. Do this summer and winter. I think this is
why I get such good longevity out of my batteries.
That's pure luck for anything beyond about 4-5 years although allowing
them to discharge fully is a way to shorten life, surely...
I'd predict it'll be much sooner than 2018 when the new one is
Put some Sta-Bil in the gas and run it for a while, run it out of gas if
possible. Sta-Bil prevents the gas from fouling up the jets in the
carburetor so it will start up next year.
Disconnect the battery, leave it in place, but don't bother putting it on a
charger over the winter. Charge it up a few days before you use it next
A battery that is left sitting will slowly discharge over the winter
months. A starting battery that sits around partially discharged
leads to failure and recharging it in the Spring won't undo the
damage. People saying these batteries only last one year are
probably doing exactly that. Use a battery tender and they will last
for many years.
check these out:
THEN google battery+"concrete floor" and see the hundreds of other
proofs that this is a lie.
It'll be even better if you put one of those little battery maintainers on it.
I've tried it both ways. Without, it had to be jumped off in the spring. With,
it was as if I'd had last used it yesterday. Which would you prefer?
My shed is unheated but it does have power. I used one of the battery
maintainers from Harbor Freight that cost about $5. The link shows the one I
got although the price is a couple of bucks more than I paid. They go on sale
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