MTD riding mower won't start
I was able to start the mower w/no problems the first time I tried it this season but after that, the battery died (or I think it died). I jump started the mower using my car battery and it worked. But I can't get the mower to hold a charge (but it runs fine once it starts). Today I tried going into reverse w/out shutting the mower off and it stalled (because you have to turn the mower off to reverse direction). Now it won't start at all, whether I'm jumping the battery or not- I get no sound, no grinding, no clicking, no anything at all.
Yesterday I noticed that one of the wires on the seat interlock was disconnected (and I had been able to start and run the mower w/out putting any weight on the seat). I was wondering if I was draining the battery by having that wire touch the body of the mower. Connecting or disconnecting the wire makes no difference in it starting now.
Please help if you have any ideas, or write back if you need more information. Thanks.