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Battery condition
Check the fluid levels, top up with distilled water if neccessary, and keep the levels between the maks shown on the side of the battery. You will need a pair of pliers to remove the plugs on the top of the battery, some of the plugs are threaded, but most are just push fit.
Check how charged your battery is.
There are three or four ways to do this, you can make a home made tester,  you can get a volt tester which will test you roughly how volts you have , or you can get a volt meter, which will tell you exactly how many.
 If it has not got enough, then put on charge, try to use a trickle charger rather than boost charge. 
Warped plates cause loss of volts at about1.5volts per cell
Running you machine without enough fluids in it can cause the plates to warp. Boost chargers can warp plates in small batteries.
 Once the plates have warped they the battery will have be replaced

 Here you can see some warped plates
If you have just charged your battery, leave the battery to settle for about 12 hours, and check it again, if it has lost any of the charge, then replace it.

Battery on charge, make sure you get the corrections.
Red=PLUS (+)
Black=MINUS (-)
If the battery has kept it's charge then replace it into the machine and try to start the machine again. If it runs well and still loses charge, then you'll be looking for a short in the wiring most likely.
Battery Connections
This is just a general guide.
If you are about to do your own maintenance, using these pages, I take no responsibility if you get things wrong!