The riding lawnmower hasn’t been working, so today we drove it over to a guy in the next neighborhood that has a home business fixing small engines. I described what happened and he immediately asked me if I’d hooked up the charger wrong. I’d hooked it up to the battery in the mower and it smoked.
“No,” I said.
We walked out and looked at the battery and sure enough it was hooked up backwards. He said likely there’s a fuse in there that blew and didn’t damage anything, but he did say that perhaps the starter was spinning backwards. It’s possible this will be a quick, and easy, repair.
I didn’t hook up the battery. I’d pulled it out and charged it, but I certainly didn’t check that it was hooked up correctly.
Hopefully we’ll have the mower back quickly.