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Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Sears Riding Lawnmower is dead


I pulled the gas tank on my Sears rider with 15.5 Kohler engine and started to shop vac the old built up grass.  As I was doing that, I got shocked several times and could feel the electricity as my arm got close to a metal part like the hood.  When I went to start - nothing, completely dead.  Wont take a jump either.  Thoughts?

Is the fuse blown?  Is the battery charged?  I would check the positive battery cable to make sure it is not cut or the insulation is not wore through.  The mower should not shock you at all unless there is a positive cable with voltage on it shorting to the mowers metal chasis.

Let me know if the fuse is blown.

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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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