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Oil leaked out

As I was cleaning acumelated gravel out of my 1/4hp pump leaked out what kind of oil is in it? I lost abut a cup should i replace it?

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Most utility pumps use mineral oil, but more importantly how did it run out? If a seal was bad the oil should have been milky. It will overheat without proper oil level.

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