How to Add Oil to a Murray Riding Mower


Owning a Murray riding mower is an effective way to cut and maintain a large lawn throughout the year. Just like your car, check the oil in your Murray mower regularly. Murray recommends checking the oil after each eight hours of operation as this will ensure your engine is properly lubricated and extend the life of your mower. Checking and adding oil to the Murray mower takes less than 30 minutes.

Step 1

Park the Murray riding mower on level ground. The mower must be level to obtain an accurate oil level reading on the dipstick.

Step 2

Raise the mower hood to access the oil dipstick and fill tube. The oil dipstick will be a bright yellow color on most Murray mowers. Use a clean cloth to wipe debris and grime from the dipstick and fill tube.

Step 3

Pull the dipstick out of the fill tube and wipe the dipstick clean with a cloth. Insert the dipstick back into the fill tube and pull the dipstick out again. You now have an accurate reading.

Step 4

Look at the oil level reading on the dipstick gauge. The dipstick has markings for low and full levels. Oil will be visible on the dipstick indicating how much oil is in the mower. If the oil is below the full mark, you will need to add oil.

Step 5

Place a funnel into the fill tube and slowly pour SAE 30 motor oil into the fill tube. Add ¼ quart at a time and recheck the oil level with the dipstick. Continue filling with oil until the dipstick reads full.

Step 6

Place the dipstick securely in the fill tube and close the Murray hood.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not overfill with mower with oil. This can cause damage to seals.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean cloth
  • Funnel
  • SAE 30 motor oil


  • : Murray Riding Mower Manual
  • : Owners Manual
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