Changing the Oil in a Lawn Mower

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Changing the oil in a lawn mower is an important part of maintenance, get expert tips and advice on lawn mower repair & maintenance in this free video. View Video Transcript

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Peter Gutwein

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Hi, my name is Peter Gutwein and today we’re going to look at a lot of different things about basic maintenance on a mower. One of the first things that we’re going to talk about is an oil change. Oil is crucial for the motor without good clean oil and more you could ruin it in half life or even in a day if you don’t have minimal oil in there. I’ve seen brand new mowers that are trashed in less than half an hour because they forgot to put oil in it. So we’re going to start off with just removing the oil cap here and setting it to the side. Now we’re just going to turn the mower on its side, believe it or not that’s one of the easiest ways to change the oil. You don’t have to mess around with the plug on the bottom side that usually comes out if you try to take it out and then it’ll wiggle out later. So this is the recommended fashion of actually changing the oil on this style mower. So here we go, you can use just a top for a plastic container for catching the oil, something like, don’t use your wife’s new Tupperware just use something that you can buy real cheap at the store, an old pan or something like that. We’re going to just let the oil drain out there for a few minutes there. Okay now that we’ve let the oil drain out of this thing we’re going to go ahead and set it back up and then we can go ahead and add fresh oil to it. I use a good 30 weight oil, the brand doesn’t really matter and you just pour it in the same hole that it came out, right on the top of this mower. That’s perfect and so that’s how you change your oil in a basic lawnmower.