Scag V-Ride Dipstick length

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by lawnsaspire, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm having an issue with oil consumption on my V-Ride that I thought was fixxed but it's still reading low on the dipstick. In an idea to see if something was wrong with the dipstick or maybe part of it was broken I closely examined it and compared it to the dipstick for the Kawasaki Kai engine on my BOP mower. I found that the dipstick on that mower is much longer and that the Scag dipstick measures 8 and 1/16. Is it possible that I'm using the wrong length dipstick and thus why I'm getting a low oil reading. Just trying to rule everything out. Anyways if you have a V-Ride what the length of the dipstick? It seems strange that the Quick 36, which has a smaller engine, would have a longer dipstick. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    Engine size, serial number, etc will be what the folks in-the-know are going to want first.
     
  3. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
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    oh yes its the 23 hp 48 inch mower
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  4. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
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    What is the engine model? FX......

    I have a 09 v ride 48" but its the old rating is 24hp. So model number makes it clear what you have.
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  5. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
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    yes fx
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  6. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
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    There is 3 numbers after the FX that is needed.
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  7. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
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    svr48v 691 fx sorry
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  8. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I took the mower into the dealer in Dec and just got it back. The reason I took it in is oil consumption and oil darkening quickly. They cleaned up the valve stems and other engine parts with carbon build-up and coke deposits on them. So I when I got the mower home I checked the oil and it was close to maple syrup color and low reading on the dipstick. I kind of freaked since this is my main mower and I wasn't sure about the reasons they gave me for the engine problems in the first place, but not being a mechanic I paid them to do it. I called the owner today and he said it made him feel good that the oil was a little dark cause that meant it was cleaning up any left over gunk that was in the lower chamber of the engine which they didn't have to tear in to. He also said the reason it reads low is cause of the cold weather causing the oil to swell and thicken up. Anyways lets hope that's right. I don't think it's the dipstick though.
     
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    Unfortunately that Kaw dipstick is practically worthless when you start using oil or leaking oil. If you think you got a problem I woudl have a oil pressure cutout installed on the engine. It is just almost impossible to tell where it is on the dip stick. Sadly they don't think they have a problem but as soon as Kohler gets their new line of engines we can tank these guys.
     
  10. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Add some oil and bring it to the level you think it should be...and. run it for an hour or 2...
    Check the oil level and see if it changes...
     

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