How to change the oil on a riding lawn mower

Learn how to change the oil on a riding lawn mower below. The oil in your riding lawn mower acts as a lubricant for the engine. Just like your car engine oil, it is important that the oil in your riding lawn mower be changed often and ona regular basis. As oil ages and burns, it degrades and loses it's ability to lubricate. Over time, engine failure can occur due to lack of lubrication. In this article, we will discuss how to change the oil on a riding lawn mower. Before you change the oil, you need to refer to the owners manual to make sure you put the correct type and weight of motor oil in the engine.

Step 1: Park the riding lawn mower on a hard flat surface and set the parking brake. Let the engine cool down to prevent burns.
Step 2: Disconnect the spark plug wire by gently pulling the plug wire boot off the spark plug.
Step 3: Locate the engine oil drain cap and use a towel to clean around the cap.
Step 4: Remove the oil dipstick from the top of the engine. This will allow air to help push the oil out the drain.
Step 5: Place a proper oil disposal container under the oil drain plug.
Step 6: Use a wrench or pliers to loosen the oil drain plug and then remove it completely by hand.
Step 7: Allow the oil to completely drain until it is no longer coming out the drain area.
Step 8: Replace the drain plug and tighten securely using a wrench or pliers.
Step 9: Use a funnel and pour the new engine oil into the oil fill tube. Refer to the owner manual for the proper amount of oil to use.
Step 10: Wipe off the dipstick and insert into the oil tube to measure the amount of oil. Add more oil if needed.
Step 11: Reconnect the spark plug wire and start the engine for a few minutes to allow the new oil to circulate.
Step 12: Check to make sure no oil is leaking from the oil drain plug.
Step 13: Turn off the engine and check the oil level again using the dipstick. If necessary, add more oil until the proper level is reached.