Originally Posted by ncd1966
I have a 2 month old Gravely compact pro 34 with (22 hours on it) a Kawasaki FX481V 15.5hp vtwin that burns oil on start up.
Its not much just a puff of blue smoke right at the start. Other than that runs really well.
Its in the shop right now, they did a leak down test and said the engine checked out good. The tech said burning oil on start up is normal, which i think its BS.
A good friend of mine has a Big dog with the same motor and his doesn't burn any oil.
You need to top the oil off and see how many ounces it burns in the next 50 or 100 hours. Keep checking the oil thouroghly during this time. I don't think you can determine if is truely burning oil by "blue smoke on startup".
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