Got a little snow storm a week or so ago (not much - only 16") and went out to start the Craftsman LT2000 and plow some snow. Rrrrrr, Rrrrrrrrrr, click, click -
Not now - don't need this! Got out the walk-behind Craftsman 9hp snowblower and cleared everything out.
Ok - gotta get this tractor running. Check the battery - little over 2-years old (old for a L&G battery). Out she goes, picked up a type 26 car battery and plopped it in. Ok, that should do it!
Turn the key - Rrrrrr, Rrrrrrr, Rrrrrrrr - click!
Now what? That's a brand new battery?
Well, last Friday, I finally found some time to tear into this problem. Hooked onto the LT
and pulled it from the shed to a nice warm garage to work on it. Pulled the battery out and put it on the charger. Checked the oil -
- that looked like tar! No wonder this thing wouldn't turn over well. Ok, let's do it all and get it finished. Went to O'Reily's and picked up some 5w-30 synthetic oil, 2 new Autolite spark plugs and a Wix oil filter.
It was warm enough in the garage that the oil drained well. Pulled the old spark plugs - yuck! They were fouled so bad that I wasn't surprised it didn't start. (They were those new "green" plugs, too! You know, the ones that cost you $6 each and have the split eletrode) Brand new Autolites for me! As long as I had everything off the top of the tractor, I thought I might as well pull the starter and check it out and give it a clean up.
Alrighty then - New battery (560 amps, 440 CCA vs. the old 320 amps), 5w-30 synthetic oil, new oil filter, new Autolite spark plugs and a cleaned starter. Hit the key, and vroom! Started right off!
Boy, did that starter whiz! Did a couple of little extras when I put in back into cold storage (outside storage shed with no heat). I added a battery disconnect on the LT
so it wouldn't accidently discharge, and added a battery maintainer. That should take care of the problem.
Update - Went out this morning to fire it up and plow some overnight flurries. Popped right off just like it was summer! I think I found the right combination. The synthetic oil may well have been the key. Much easier to turn over. I'm going to change out the oil on my generator and see if that starts better.