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21" Exmark w 6.5 Kawasaki - No oil drain plug

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by AssuredServicesCo, Jun 28, 2004.

  1. AssuredServicesCo

    AssuredServicesCo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 113

    I bought a 21" Exmark with a 6.5 Kawasaki engine. I went to change to oil and discovered the motor has no oil drain plugs. I called my dealer and they told me to turn the mower upside down to drain the oil. I advised them this was completely unacceptable. I called Exmark and they replaced the mower with a 5.5 Honda engine. Has anyone else run into this problem?
  2. riches139

    riches139 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    My Cub 21" is allmost the same . the 6.5 Kawi on mine has a plug in the bottom, but you have to take half the underside apart to get to it.
    Much easier and quicker to just flip it over.
  3. bjack312

    bjack312 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 0

    I have a JD JX75 with the 6HP Kawasaki, and it has a drain valve on the side of the motor. Just attach a 12" piece of tubing and open the valve.

    Why on earth would anyone make an engine without a drain plug?

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    I started with a John Deere 21" (don't remember the model #), and I had to tip it on its side. Never caused me any trouble. The tranny broke after 5 months, but the engine always purred like a kitten.
  5. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,098

    I would say no one would. You have to remember the people making the engines and the people making the machines it goes on are not the same. I would say it had a drain plug but it was hidden by something. I have seen that happen a lot. I do not thank the people designing things now days really care about how it is going to be worked on.
  6. yeti14b

    yeti14b LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    We have four of them. Actually, you are supposed to remove the dip stick and turn the mower on it's SIDE and let the oil drain out of the fill tube. The mowers are light enough that I personally prefer this method over a drain plug. If it were a heavy machine I would have a different opinion.

    BTW, has anyone else noticed these mowers are identical to the Toro: with the exception of the decals? :D
  7. WigginsLandscaping

    WigginsLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    Go to the auto parts store and get a manual suction pump. Easy to use and cheaper. Mine was around 5-10 bucks.

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