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Remove the dipstick, if equipped. Tilt the mower deck with the air filter or spark plug side up, and position some newspaper and an oil pan or jug beneath the mower. Use a 3/8" drive socket wrench and extension (no socket) to turn the plug counter clockwise (see photo at right), allowing the old oil to drain.
I use a piece of 2x4 . Tip mower onto it's left side, stand 2x4 between deck and blade and remove bolt. You will need to use your leg to keep mower from rolling back. This is just a simple and inexpensive way. You may also buy a special tool to hold the blade while you remove the bolt. GOOD LUCK>
it is broken shear bolts ( look for a hole about 3-4 mm wide in the center of the auger. I work at a John Deere implement and there is a lot of people that don't know simply because the salesman doesn't tell them about the risk of breaking shear bolts. you will be blowing snow then all of a sudden it pushes hard. go to the dealer where you got it from, or even fleet farm and shear bolts are at the most ten bucks
Your Briggs&Stratton engine's drain plug is on the bottom side of the engine. It has a 3/8" square recess in the plug. Most modern mowers have a cover on the bottom for the self propel belt. You can remove the blade and cover, or you can drain thru the filler tube. Most repair shops drain thru the filler. To do this, you will need a small drain bucket and a pickup truck or outdoor table. Warm up the mower, then turn it off. Place the mower on the tailgate, or table and then place the push handle on the ground. This should position the mower where the spark plug is pointed straight up. Put your bucket under the dipstick tube and quickly remove the dipstick. All of the oil will quickly drain thru the filler tube into your bucket. Have some newspaper and or rags handy to catch any stray oil. After it has drained, put the mower back on the ground and refill with a good quality SAE HD30 weight motor oil. It only takes about 20 ounces to fill. Wipe and check the dipstick oil level 2 times before starting the engine. Good luck!
Check the blade! Your mowers blade is either worn out or installed upside down. The shape of a mower blade creates a vacuum or lift. The leading edge of the blade (sharp edge) should be parellel to the ground, while the trailing edge of the blade should rise up at about a 45 degree angle. This creates lift. As a blade wears, not only will the leading edge get dull, but sand and dirt cause the trailing edge to wear and reduces the vacuum effect. An upside down blade (easy to do) will just smash the grass and won't create any lift.
A regular blade has a straight cutting edge, a mulching blade is bent to have a high and low cutting edge. Even if you have a mulching blade on, if the grass is too high or wet or you're cutting too low, it won't do a good job and may require a second pass.Raising your cutting height can help. Hope this helps. Dwain