chainging oil... getting it all

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Godfather, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. Godfather

    Godfather LawnSite Member
    Messages: 186

    i am very anal about maintenece, and like everything to be perfect...
    I have a 30 kohler on a lazer and can't seem to get maybe a quarter of a quart drained. This is on flat ground, and i am using on of those quick drain plugs with a tube. I am also taking the filter each time. DOES this engine hold excess oil, sould i crank the engine for a second to get the rest out?
  2. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    Get the engine warm, tilting the mower by having one side higher than the drain plug may speed it up, make sure the fill cap is off, I don't know what else you can do. That should drain it all out. There will be some still in the filter but you should get about 2 quarts overall if it was full before you started. I hope your having good luck after stealing it. What a deal.
  3. Bill Kapaun

    Bill Kapaun LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 956

    It should drain better than that!
    Try unscrewing the dip stick when draining. Maybe you are having a vent problem although it shouldn't be.
  4. Godfather

    Godfather LawnSite Member
    Messages: 186

    yea, i did all the things as mentioned above, i think it may have been a vent lock or something of that nature, i will find out next time. P.S. - tacoma, the mower is awsome...
  5. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,793

    go 2 your parts store and buy a tube little bigger the your dipstick and put the tub on and blow all the oil will drain
  6. Looking Good Lawn Service

    Looking Good Lawn Service LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    Warm up the engine first, then ramp the mower up, vent the system, take the dip stick out. DONT CRANK THE ENGINE TO GET EXTRA OIL OUT!!!! Im not typing in bold to be mean, just to make sure it is a big no no. It is like running the engine with no oil in it, prematurely wearing it out for no reason. dont worry about a lil bit of oil stuck in the motor, that is better than a worn or damaged engine. GOod luck
  7. lubricity

    lubricity LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

    What comes out comes out, don't worry about it. It all comes full circle.
  8. wildbilly1113

    wildbilly1113 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 154

    I crank every engine just a little to get the oil out. I have vehicles with over 300,000 miles and mowers with over 3,000 hours. If it has hurt the engines it must be a good hurt!
  9. SLR

    SLR LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,210

    I disagree that cranking it over will damage anything. If it was sitting for a period of time then i will always give a shot of wd-40 down the spark plug hole. But if i shut it down that day to change the oil i cannot see anything dire consequences on 2-3 slower pulls.
  10. Looking Good Lawn Service

    Looking Good Lawn Service LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    I dunno, I wouldn't buy anything that someone has cranked with NO oil in it,lol...but anyways, There was an article in the Newspaper about the very same question, and the experts (certified auto specialists) said it was the absolute worst idea, and that it is highly unnecessary to crank the engine to remove a ludicrously small amount of oil left over in an engine. Think this way, if you had a new Benz would you crank the engine in that with no Oil? No, you wouldnt want to crank your mower with no oil either. Good luck, hope you dont do it.

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