Trying to fix a Worx WA0032 24v mower battery

ilyaz

Member
Joined
Apr 6, 2015
Threads
6
Messages
19
Curb find. Previous owner said the battery worked for 4 years, then died. After charging it overnight, I see the the volt readings shown in the photos. So about 13v on both sides, but I can't get a reliable reading on the output connectors. The battery test shows it's fully charged.

I am a newbie so might be doing it all wrong, but in any case, how do I figure out what's wrong with the battery and what's the easiest and cheapest way to repair it? A new one costs ~$200 so not an option.

Thank you!b1.jpgb2.jpgb3.jpgb4.jpgb5.jpg
 

MowerMike

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 5, 2012
Threads
70
Messages
816
Those batteries are dead. They should read 13.8 volts when fully charged. If they are not properly connected to the mower terminals, you won’t get a reading. You can buy a new set of batteries for $100.

 
Last edited:

ILENGINE

Lawn Pro
Joined
May 6, 2010
Threads
24
Messages
6,818
If those are lithium ion batteries, don't try to repair them. Don't even try to mess with them. They like to go nuclear if they short out or are damaged. Think very hot fire that may be hard to put out.
 

MowerMike

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 5, 2012
Threads
70
Messages
816
If those are lithium ion batteries, don't try to repair them. Don't even try to mess with them. They like to go nuclear if they short out or are damaged. Think very hot fire that may be hard to put out.
Those are SLA batteries, not lithium ion. They can leak acid, but not catch fire.
 

Rivets

Lawn Pro
Joined
Mar 11, 2012
Threads
43
Messages
9,477
Unless you remove the small black and red wires from the battery and clean all the connections, you are not going to get good readings. Second, I don’t know what that part, labeled 100, is or if it will give you a false reading. It may be a diode, which you can test to see if it is good. I do agree that the batteries may be junk, but at the price of new ones I would want to be sure of my decision before replacing.
 

tom3

Lawn Addict
Joined
Apr 9, 2018
Threads
17
Messages
1,024
13 volts on each battery in series would give you 26 volts output. You are only testing one battery. But you would need to find the ampere hours rating on those batteries and buy a couple new ones, not necessarily the Worx brand. SLA batteries on Ebay are pretty reasonable and I've had good luck with them in various uses.
 

MowerMike

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 5, 2012
Threads
70
Messages
816
Unless you remove the small black and red wires from the battery and clean all the connections, you are not going to get good readings. Second, I don’t know what that part, labeled 100, is or if it will give you a false reading. It may be a diode, which you can test to see if it is good. I do agree that the batteries may be junk, but at the price of new ones I would want to be sure of my decision before replacing.
Roger that. That is a fuse, so if it is blown the voltage at the connector will be zero. It is not required, so the wire can be be directly connected to the battery terminal.
 

MowerMike

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 5, 2012
Threads
70
Messages
816
13 volts on each battery in series would give you 26 volts output. You are only testing one battery. But you would need to find the ampere hours rating on those batteries and buy a couple new ones, not necessarily the Worx brand. SLA batteries on Ebay are pretty reasonable and I've had good luck with them in various uses.
The fully charged voltage should be 15% above the nominal voltage, or 2 x 12v x 1.15 = 27.6v. So, neither of those batteries is good. WORX does not sell the individual batteries, just the completely assembly. They are 17ah, but 22ah gel cell batteries will fit.
 

tom3

Lawn Addict
Joined
Apr 9, 2018
Threads
17
Messages
1,024
Could be low voltage and resulting high current blew the fuse? Those are pretty powerful batteries for the size I'm thinking.
 

MowerMike

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 5, 2012
Threads
70
Messages
816
Could be low voltage and resulting high current blew the fuse? Those are pretty powerful batteries for the size I'm thinking.
Not sure how that could occur. The purpose of the fuse is to protect against a short circuit or ground fault in the mower. It also protects against the mower connectors somehow getting shorted. All WORX SLA batteries have them.
 
Top