How to change the oil on a riding lawn mower

This video produced by MTD will teach you how to change the oil on your riding lawn mower.  It is MTD specific but it provides great information usable by all.

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this video will show you how to change the oil in a riding lawn mower
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depending on your model number the instructions in this video
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might vary slightly refer to your operator’s manual or engine manual
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for type and amount of oil you need to refill your engine
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as well as the correct oil filter if your engine has one
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begin by placing the riding mower on a flat level surface
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if it’s been running let it cool down before proceeding
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make sure the engine is cool then
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disconnect the spark plug wire clean the oil fill and drain area
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any debris to drain the oil you can use the Arnold siphon pump
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you can also drain the oil using a plastic drain sleeve
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that may have been included when you purchased your riding mower
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remove the dipstick from the oil fill tube
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this will allow the oil to drain wipe the dipstick clean with a cloth
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and set it aside with a catch basin in place
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snapped the small and have the oil drain sleeve onto the oil sump
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remove the drain plug and drain the oil
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into the catch container when the oil stop stripping
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replace the drain plug remove the drain sleeve
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some units are equipped with an oil filter remove and dispose of it properly
1:22
check your engine manual for the correct replacement filter for your more
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with the oil drained and if equipped
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a new oil filter in place it’s time to fill the engine with oil
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do not overfill as this will cause excessive smoking
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and harm to the engine let the more set for 1 to 2 minutes
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if the engine has an oil filter make sure no
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oil is leaking from around it replace and tighten the dipstick
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remove the dipstick and check the oil level
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it should be at the top of the full indicator on the dipstick
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replace and tighten the dipstick wipe any spilled oil on the mower
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or floor if needed reconnect the spark plug wire or wires and you’re good to go

We carry a large selection of Small Engine Oil and Oil Filters. If you need help finding your Small Engine Parts, please complete the Lawn Mower Parts Request Form and we will be happy to assist you.

-Jack

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Jack Hayes is the Head of Internet Marketing at LawnMowerPros and the editor of this blog. You can often find him creating featured articles, DIY guides, custom graphics and much more.