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The battery on my Bolens model 13AN683G163 keeps

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The battery on my...

The battery on my Bolens model 13AN683G163 keeps discharging, even with a new battery. Is there an alternator or generator on this engine? What keeps the battery charging?

Mechanic's Assistant: What's the make and model of the generator? And can you guesstimate how old it is?

If there is one, it is as old as the mower, 2003.

Mechanic's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

Yes

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else we should know to help you best?

No, just where it is located and how to get to it.

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Small Engine
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 3 months ago
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 3 months ago

Does your mower have a manual blade engagement lever, or an electric pto clutch?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
manual blade engagement lever
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 3 months ago

Thank for your response. What brand is your engine?

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 3 months ago

How long does it take for your battery to discharge?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
It's a Briggs and Stratton 17.0 engine. I just purchased it with a new battery and it discharged pretty quick, a couple of times starting it.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 3 months ago

Thanks for this information. Is your engine hard to start?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
it appears the starter is possibly going out
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Does this model have a starter/generator combo?
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 3 months ago

No, your starter and alternator is separate. Does your engine spin slow when you are attempting to start it?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
it appears to drag
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 3 months ago

This issue can be caused by either a bad starter, a faulty compression release on your camshaft, or by your valves being out of adjustment.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 3 months ago

Do you have a multimeter?

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 3 months ago

Sorry for the delay. I am back with you. When you have a chance, remove your spark plug, then turn your key to start position to see if your engine will spin faster.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 3 months ago

When doing this, make sure your spark plug wire is away from your spark plug hole, in case fuel spews out.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 3 months ago

We need to determine if an amperage draw is causing your battery to discharge.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
It definitely spins easier
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 3 months ago

Thank you for checking. Have your valves clearances ever been adjusted?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Probably not but I just bought it yesterday.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 3 months ago

If your engine spun faster after you removed your spark plug, this usually indicates that either your valves need to be adjusted, or the compression release mechanism on your camshaft has failed.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
It was still dragging slowly but not stopping mid crank. The battery is obviously low.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 3 months ago

Just to be sure, charge your battery and remove your spark plug again, then turn your key to start position. Your engine should spin fast.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
It starts right up with a jump and is showing 13+ volts at the battery while running
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
12.97 volts after running a couple of minutes, but close to 13 volts started. That’s why I’m thinking dragging starter.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 3 months ago

Thanks for this information.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 3 months ago

Our problem is more than likely going to be valve related.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Ouch.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 3 months ago

Are you familiar with checking your valve clearances?

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 3 months ago

A new starter is sort of expensive and non-refundable. I would adjust valves first, just to be sure.

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