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milky substance coating dipstick tube

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by lawnsaspire, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,687

    i ran my scag vride for for my 1st extended period this winter other than starting it and for a few minutes here and there. anyways after about 30 mins mowing i checked oil and noticed there was a milky substance coating the dipstick tube. the oil itself was not milky nor did it smell like fuel. engine is an air cooled kawi. just moisture or another possibility? thanks
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  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    That's all it is, Will clear up with more running.....
  3. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Messages: 1,415

    Yes combustion moisture, think no more of it.

    The only thing worth checking would be the PCV valve.
  4. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,687

    thanks guys. should i change the oil even though its new oil or just run the old oil till the moisture burns out?
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  5. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,021

    The moisture will burn out of the oil.

    Just fyi, keep and eye on your hydraulic pumps. Mine started leaking with in a month of using it. It is caused by an bad o-ring seal and is an easy fix. Mine was fixed under warranty with no issues. I think Scag has since fixed the problem but something to be aware of.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2013

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