Oil is leaking out and soaking foam air cleaner and dripping onto machine, smokes alot when under a load, runs for 15-20 minutes, then quits. what type of oil should be used? how much oil capacity? where can i purchase owners manual. thanks jt in illinois It's not necessarily worn out, because mine is doing the exact same thing (except that it doesn't quit) - and mine is brand new!. Oil leaks out on the right-hand side, dripping onto the "fender". This is associated with a lot of smoking and low power. Then it clears up and runs OK. Perhaps I have overfilled the oil? I had used the machine for a few hours (they filled the oil where I bought it), checked the oil, and thought perhaps it could use a little - only put a small amount in, but that is when this dripping started. Hope someone can help.
Sounds like your gas tank is not breathing properly. try this: the next time you run the tiller and it begins to stall out, try loosening the gas cap. It should start running again. This means that the gas cap is clogged. Unclog it or purchase another one.
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If you are concerned, you can remove some of the oil. Place a pan under the mower and loosen the oil pan bolt but do not remove it completely. Drain a few ounces of oil out and then tighten it up. Be sure to take the wire off the spark plug before you do this. The lower oil level should stop the smoking.
Check the air filter and ensure it is clean, replace if necessary.Foam filters can be washed in hot water and detergent, paper filters need to be replaced. Ensure the throttle cable moves freely and the choke is turned off after starting.
Carburetor problem. Two stroke engines use oil mixed with gas. Old fuel or setting over the winter will cause varnish and sludge in the Carburetor. Start by buying a can of carburetor cleaner and mixing a new can of fuel. 1) Dump the old fuel and check replace it with new. 2) Remove the air cleaner. 3) Pump the prime bulb 3 or 4 times, set the choke, spray the insides of the carb with the cleaner and then try and start it . It should sputter and run for a few second but chances are it will take a few sprays to clean the jets
You're okay the white smoke is the oil burning off the muffler. In time it will stop, just park it somewhere and let it run until it's done. If the problem persists check your air filter and make sure it's not stained with oil, if so you can wash the foam part with soap and water but the paper will need to be replaced. (DO not put foam back on unit until dry.) The oil level should be up to the bottom lip of the dipstick access when the engine is evenly horizontal.
Back pressure. You will need to tear into the mantis and replace all the gaskets. You can do it the cheaper way by going to Kragen and just buy a tube of gasket sealent, or you can go to mantis and order the rebuild kit. I recommend the gasket sealent for me that has always worked better