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Stumpy
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 3:38 pm  Reply with quote
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So my battery died on my riding lawn mower, it was close to cranking over, but just wouldn't. So I pull the thing, go get a new one (it was indeed on it's last leg), drop it in, and now I'm getting nothing at all.

What could I be missing?

It's a 12 hp Murray with really, really simple wiring. I've checked every connection and even replaced the fuse.

I'm just at a total loss, and Murray provides no support or manuals or ANYTHING for products older than 2003. This mower is somewhere from the early to mid 90's.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 5:25 pm  Reply with quote
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Did you charge the new battery? If it was the type that you buy dry and then add the acid you'll usually need to charge them up.
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Stumpy
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 8:14 am  Reply with quote
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It's not that type of battery. After 3 hours of frustration, I even took the battery back to get checked out and make sure I didn't get a dud.

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Tom Lindsay
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:26 am  Reply with quote
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It sounds obvious, but did you check the fuse?

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Stumpy
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 1:25 pm  Reply with quote
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Yup...replaced it just to be safe.

Took out the switch to see if anything was up with that. All seems normal.

Totally befuddling.

Well...the cutting season is over, but it's nice to use the double bagger to take care of the leaves. A little manual labor never hurt anyone, and I'm sure the bride could use some.

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Spikehead
PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 3:07 pm  Reply with quote
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Stumpy wrote:
Murray provides no support or manuals or ANYTHING for products older than 2003.


Are you sure you can't find a manual? Should be available through the manufacturer of the motor (Briggs & Stratton, Tecumseh, etc.)

http://willardssmallengines.com/engine-repair-manuals.html

I've had good luck finding these manuals at the Mpls. downtown library.

Also, because of their terminal type, it's easy on SOME mowers to accidentally reverse the battery terminal connections...
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Another option.

http://www.scsrpc.org/SCSRPC/Pictures/Pic3/DSC00062.jpg
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Stumpy
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 7:54 am  Reply with quote
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I should have been looking for a manual specifically for the Briggs engine.

I have to admit that I was surprised when I searched for manuals on the Murray site and was greeted with this friendly note.

Please be advised:
--Murray products older than 2003 model year are no longer supported. This includes any paper or electronic manuals.
--Murray parts older than 1996 are no longer supported. This includes any paper or electronic parts lists.
--Active Outdoor Products (such as go-karts, sleds, mini-bikes, etc.) are no longer supported.

Way to stand behind your product!

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