i have noticed the new crappy batteries need to be charged just from sitting. Over about 4-6 weeks some of mine will go dead with no draw on them.
Thank you. I will clean the terminals, not rely on the volt meter and look into valve adjustment for future maintenance on the Briggs OHV engine. Is a valve adjustment something that someone who knows just enough to be dangerous can do?Battery/ground connections can LOOK good but have a thin oxide layer that insulates.
The clicking is somewhat indicative of that, but a bad solenoid can do that too. (heavy terminals INSIDE the solenoid.
What "gauge" were you going to check the battery with?
A simple volt meter won't do it. 8 penlight batteries will generate 12V, but not come close to cranking the engine.
BTW, IF that has a Briggs OHV engine, valve adjustment is a normal "maintenance" item. Too much lash and the compression release doesn't function.
I don't know how many hours you have on the machine, but if it's approaching 100, it's something you might keep in mind.