Low oil light

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  1. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Bought a brand new hustler trimstar 54" with kawasaki electric start engine

    After the first hour of use the low oil red light came on while parking the mower. I let it sit for 30 minutes then checked the level....and it was right at the "add" line :hammerhead: Hopefully that didn't hurt the brand new motor?

    I added fresh oil and on my way I go....30 minutes later im done mowing and I bring the engine down to idle and the red light comes on again. I do the same and check the level and it was right at full mark. I then tested it and everytime I brought the throttle up the light went out. Bring the throttle back down to idle and the red light comes on.

    Now im sure I would need to bring the mower into the dealership but I already have bad blood with the dealer. He is the closest Hustler dealer to me but he turns away most of the "warranty" issues I have had with my other Hustler super Z telling me that " hustler won't fix that under warranty" I've complained about 3-4 other things that have had issues with that should be under warranty and he denies all of them. Im sure whatever is wrong with this mower now I will be covering out of my own pocket.

    What could this be? Mower has right at 4 hours on it now.
  2. hustlermidwest

    hustlermidwest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    The good news is the low oil sensor is working. It was wise for you to watch your oil level on your unit. All new engines will burn a little oil until the rings sit and the engine is broken in. Be sure you check your oil level using the manufacturer guidelines found in your engine manual. Not all guidelines are the same. Assuming the machine is on level ground with proper oil level I would next look at RPM's. Your idle RPM's might be set too low not allowing the oil pump to run as fast as it should. Regardless, you need to bring the mower in for service. The issue sounds more like a Kawasaki issue and not one caused by the mower manufacturer. Warranties are for manufacturer defects, can't think of a reason this would not be covered.
  3. ACSMOD11

    ACSMOD11 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    Mine did the same thing, took it in and the deal checked the oil pressure at idle and full throttle and it was out of spec on both end. Ended up putting a new old pump in. Works fine now.
  4. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    ACSMOD11 & hustlermidwest: I understand this is a kawasaki issue and not a hustler issue. One of my main concerns is if the motor is now hurt due to low oil pressure a few times?

    I would hate to know that if the engine had an effective life of 2,000hrs. that it now has been reduced to 500hrs. if you know what I mean.
  5. hustlermidwest

    hustlermidwest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    Because of your quick attention to the oil level and the fact the light only went on at idle I don't believe you will have an issue down the road. It is something that you should get addressed asap at your Authorized Kawasaki dealer.

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