Scag V-Ride Oil usage and darkening quickly

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by lawnsaspire, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Gold Member
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    These are Kawasaki engines, correct? If so, is the dipstick getting dark as well? A darkening dipstick is sign of an engine getting hot.
     
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes, Kawi engine...dipstick no change in color.
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  3. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Gold Member
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    Since all of these engines are from the same family there is a good chance that all of them use oil. Most manufacturers do not think a usage of 1 ounce per hour is excessive.
    Running a straight 30 weight oil might help some.
     
  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Straight 30 I what I use.
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  5. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Silver Member
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    125hrs Castrol 10w 30 syn blend no oil usage yet. Gas hog? YES!!!
     
  6. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Gas hog is an understatement!
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  7. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How fast does it burn gas? Every 8 hours like the tiger?
     
  8. DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING

    DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    They do like the fuel!
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  9. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The seal that sits on top of the fuel tank connecting the fuel line to the tank with the on off fuel line switch broke causing the fuel tank to have a small hole. I didn't pay much attention to it. But I was wondering if air getting into the fuel take could cause excess oil usage. I've glued the seal back into the hole, but I'm wondering if this could somehow have affected my oil darkening as it's the only thing out of place I can see on the mower.
     
  10. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Negative...you could pull the fuel out of an open bucket if you wanted...a swimming pool. Neither would affect oil usage.
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