Sometimes it feels like everything is fighting against me... /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif To refresh your memory my little john deere lawn tractor was in need of a battery. So I replaced it but it had differnt style posts than what the cables had, so I cut the end off the cable and put the right ones on. Then my grandpa came out to look at it, and says I need a new air filter and I should change the oil. I get a new air filter, and I will change the oil on the weekend. BUT, now it won't fire up. Before my grandpa and I started tinkering with it, it worked fine. Now it keeps killing the battery (is if there is a short somewhere) and it won't fire up like there is no fuel coming to it. I am going to replace the sediment bowl gasket, and when I do that I am going to check the fuel line from the tank to the motor to see if something is clogging it. I can start it up (if the battery works) but it won't actually fire up. Nothing comes out of the muffler either. With the ammount of times I tried it, there should be a big cloud of smoke when it fires up. But it wont fire up!! I will also be replacing the spark plug, maybe it's old and is crudded over. Anyone know what else I could check? It has lots of gas... I need to get it running ASAP because thats the only "reliable" thing we had to plow the driveway. We also have a old craftsman snowplow I tried firing up today (as a backup for the tractor) but I can't fire that up. I can't really say I've used it before (we only used it for a couple of years when I was young, then we bought the lawn tractor) so I don't exactly know how to use it, but I know how to sstart up. And it won't start up. Any suggestions on that. My driveway is really long, and all we have is a FWD toyota car right now to get in and out. So if I can't get anything running, I will have to SHOVEL a path so we can get out. HELP!!