Before you start, run the engine until it’s warm. This helps drain more oil. Turn off the mower.
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2. DISCONNECT SPARK PLUG
Before you start any gas mower maintenance, always disconnect the spark plug and, secure it off to the side so it won’t start accidentally.
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3. REMOVE CAP
First, clean around the oil cap, so debris won’t get into the crankcase. Then, remove the cap.
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4. DRAIN OIL
Tilt the mower on its side and drain the oil into a pan. Tilt mower with the oil side down, air filter up. If your mower has a drain plug on the mower deck, you can drain the oil out the bottom. Then, replace the drain plug.
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5. RE-FILL OIL
Re-fill the engine with the type of oil the manufacturer recommends. Stop when it reaches the FULL mark on the dipstick. Don’t overfill it.
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6. REPLACE CAP
Replace the oil cap and you’re done.
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7. HELPFUL TIP:
Recycle used motor oil. Visit earth911.org to locate a collection center.
Learning how to do some basic maintenance on your lawn mower can save some money and keep your equipment starting smoothly. The Learn should be changed about once a year, or every 50 hours of use and can be done easily at home. 7 Steps