tractor battery cca question
My first Toro 32Xl riding mower / tractor battery lasted 6+ years. I then needed a new one and debated between a Sam's Club or Walmart battery but ended up paying about $15 for an Interstate from my local Toro dealer; as I recall. Well I think its dead after 3+ years.
Dad had me check the water level (I did not even know you needed to do that any more). It was low. We carefully filled and charged it and it worked for a few weeks but died again. I charged it for 30 minutes or so last night and then tried to start the riding mower...it cranked but would not turn over and after a few more attemts the battery was again drained.
I assume I need a new one. Is the Energizer at Sam's Club decent? To be honest I was dissapointed my last one only last just under 4 years. FYI the tractor/mower is kept outside in a shed all year...we are in eastern PA.
Walmart also has an Everstart for a few bucks less.
If either of these are good I have 2 choices: 1) 275ca / 230cca OR a 350ca / 290cca. I'd think bigger is better but do not want to harm anything. The one I have is 290ca / 230cca.
Also, how often should I be checking water levels...in the spring time tune up, more, less?
Should I store the battery in my garage? I never have before...just left it in the tracor in the shed. Its usually last used in NOV then used again in the spring.