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Old 06-14-2013, 07:10 AM   #1
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Bought my mower last yr and I know this is wrong but haven't changed the oil yet. Didn't know how, so ignored it.

Now I'm ready. I ran all the gas out of it and am ready to tip it on it's side and drain the old oil.

I just can't figure out what to drain it onto? I need something flat and low. If it isn't much maybe an old pie tin? Then what do I do with it? Probably put it back into a new oil bottle and turn it in somewhere for recycling?

I need to find the directions. As far as the spark plug does just pulling that rubber top off disconnect it?

This can't be difficult and I hate having to borrow my daughters SUV to take it somewhere and then pay to have someone do it.


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You'll need a container that can hold at least 1 quart. Should be stiff in case you hit it will the mower when you are turning it over. Oil makes a mess. Put some newspaper down to collect any drips.

Most auto parts stores will take your waste oil (Autozone, Advance Auto Parts)

The spark plug is disconnected by pulling off the black boot. When you put it back on, you should feel it "click" back on.

The first time is the hardest. Once you figure out the best way to flip it over and get the oil out, it's cake from there.

While you have it on its side, take a look a the bottom of the deck and clean out any grass that has accumulated.

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Bought my mower last yr and I know this is wrong but haven't changed the oil yet. Didn't know how, so ignored it.

Now I'm ready. I ran all the gas out of it and am ready to tip it on it's side and drain the old oil.

I just can't figure out what to drain it onto? I need something flat and low. If it isn't much maybe an old pie tin? Then what do I do with it? Probably put it back into a new oil bottle and turn it in somewhere for recycling?

I need to find the directions. As far as the spark plug does just pulling that rubber top off disconnect it?

This can't be difficult and I hate having to borrow my daughters SUV to take it somewhere and then pay to have someone do it.

I use one of those aluminum disposable cake pans,it's the 9'x9''size and it's only about an inch and a half high,after you fill the mower with the new oil,dump the old oil into the empty oil container.
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pull the plug big adjustable looking in at it CCW to loosen,and like on a car and clean it with a small wire brush then regap it.the oil is tricky..use the extension shaft of a 3/8th socket wrench to loosen the drain with the mower tilted up trick tilt it over on 2 wheels so the mower handle catches a box or beach chair ...OIL CATCH aluminum cooking pan or cut a plastic milk container in the middle to catch the oil just the height of the blade...its like 20oz of oil. note the position of the blade not covering that drain plug...so with the plug finger loose drop the mower down over the pan and let it drain kind of a blind shot there or follow this guys deal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwdHZMWZ5BI

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located my directions and they say when the mower is on it's side the oil will run out of the hole where the dip stick goes.

I'm so glad! It sounds a lot easier than dealing with that plug underneath the mower.
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that cool way oil changes aren't that critical like a car,just adding of ounces monthly ...check after cut (5-30W)will keep it honest some does burn off during mowing.i've done mine 5 X in the last 25 years and she's still is cutting.. enjoy it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb3s2vUHpD0

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good to hear, (that it's not critical).

The next thing I'll do is find out what kind of filter I need and how to replace it, but one thing at a time.

Keeping the blade sharp is the hardest thing. That, I have to take to a shop to do. I have (I recently learned) an invasive Chinaberry tree. It drops clusters of rockhard seeds that I can hear clanging when I mow over them so I know it can't be good for my blade. Plus they cover a public sidewalk which isn't good. When I have the money I'll have the chinaberry cut down. I also have a scraggley magnolia tree that needs to come down. It drops these big pods that are too hard to see to pick up but they can't be good for the mower blade either.
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good to hear, (that it's not critical).

The next thing I'll do is find out what kind of filter I need and how to replace it, but one thing at a time.

Keeping the blade sharp is the hardest thing. That, I have to take to a shop to do. I have (I recently learned) an invasive Chinaberry tree. It drops clusters of rockhard seeds that I can hear clanging when I mow over them so I know it can't be good for my blade. Plus they cover a public sidewalk which isn't good. When I have the money I'll have the chinaberry cut down. I also have a scraggley magnolia tree that needs to come down. It drops these big pods that are too hard to see to pick up but they can't be good for the mower blade either.

The only filter you need is an air filter,and you can sharpen the blade yourself.
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for what they charge t sharpen a blade if you have a harbor freight or catalog investing in a grinder and a steel wheel makes sharping a 2 miute job...or just file a sharp edge onto it.even a bench grinder to swipes and it I razor sharp... check this out and forget the balancing part....scape off the grass build up while it is off or add a wire wheel t the grinder at Harbor freight tools cost what a sharpening cost for all 3 items.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXLygHF6El4

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We do have a new Harbor Freight. I never thought to look for a grinder.

Back when I worked in the building dept. there was always someone around who offered to take the blade off for me and put it back on after I had it sharpened.

I don't have a work bench so a bench grinder wouldn't help. I'm assuming there are hand held grinders?

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road trip... http://www.harborfreight.com/catalog...result?q=95578 one of those metal wheels and see the wire brush wheel...pair of goggles also.. a couple of light swipes and your good...brush is good for getting that packed grass off the blade. need to get use to the grinder it throws out some major RPMs be carefull....you'll see..

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Ok, I buy the handle, then one of the grinder wheels and a brush?

Yrs ago we had an electric grinder in our business, but I never used it. I've seen how the sparks fly off.

It can't hurt to try and would be a tremendous savings of time and money if I can do it.

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I would like to answer so I can get a "thank you click" from startingover as well, but I can't think of anything new to say. That is all.
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OK I thought of something to say. There's no need to buy an entire grinder. Just get one of these and use it with your drill.

http://www.sears.com/arnold-blade-ba...2&blockType=G2

Of course there is always this old school option, which might actually be best.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Nicholson...1#.Ub3IHdg2njI
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Well, don't I feel silly.

It was amazingly simple to change the oil. I have no idea why it intimidated me. I am lucky all I had to do was tip the mower on the side.

djlandkpl,you were right. Next time will be a breeze! Everyone here is a good Samaritan for helping novices like me.

jeffnc, I happen to have a drill. I'll check into the difference between your link and buying a hand held grinder. thanks.

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