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Checking Oil --- Dipstick Question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JLH, Aug 4, 2005.

  1. JLH

    JLH LawnSite Member
    Posts: 103

    Hustler Super Z - Kohler 28 EFI. Engine manual states that you should remove and wipe dipstick then reinsert but do not thread dipstick, only let it rest on top of tube.

    Do you follow this procedure or do you thread dipstick before reading.

    I think Kawasaki rcommends same technique.

    How do you check threaded or unthreaded?
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    I've always pushed mine all the way down. For the threaded ones, I've always screwed them down, also. Maybe I've been doing it wrong all these years?
  3. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,164

    I do it unthreaded. Always have with all my equipment.
  4. arborist-28

    arborist-28 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 246

    I don't thread them in .. if you do you are using too much oil ... c
  5. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    no--if you thread them in, the oil mark on the stick will read high.

    so if you thread it inand the oil range is normal on the stick, the amount of oil on the crankcase will be low.

  6. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,940

    To tell you the truth, I forget how the Kohlers are.

    I do know that my 14hp Kawi does NOT need to be threaded in.

    And my LC Kawi has a regular automotive dipstick.

    If it says to not thread it in, then don't.
  7. JLH

    JLH LawnSite Member
    Posts: 103

    Thanks for the replys.
  8. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,995

    do as instructed by the engine manufacturer. make sure any helpers read and follow said directions as well.
  9. lqmustang

    lqmustang LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 620

    Says right on my Kaw dipstick NOT to thread in when checking the oil level.
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    On my Kohler I started checking UNthreaded because that is the PROPER method as outlined by the manual for my 15hp as well. However, before I acquired a manual, I ran the Kohler while checking it THREADED and there is a difference of 1/4 to 1/2 quart of oil between the two methods, the THREADED method will show MORE oil than it should!!! Good thing I run synthetic racing blend oil, you could seize an engine checking the Kohler THREADED as this shows incorrect level and you will run low oil.
    I think the only real other concerns is the engine needs to sit 10-15 minutes on a LEVEL surface withOUT motion, so early morning or after weed-eating might be a good time.

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