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How to open a stuck oil filler cap lawnmower craftsman

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SOURCE: oil coming from my oil filler tube craftsman mower model 917-376572

There will be an o ring on the bottom of the dip stick tube to seal it to the crankcase, i think this is leaking due to age or has split, remove the screw securing the tube remove it and replace the o ring.

Posted on Oct 09, 2012

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An alternate method is to drain the oil out of the oil filler tube. To do this, after the engine is warmed up, tilt the mower onto the side that has the oil filler tube. Put the drain pan under the filler tube, then remove the filler cap. The oil will drain out into the oil drain pan.
CAUTION: The oil that will come out of the engine will be HOT! So be careful when removing the oil filler cap.
I hope this will answer your question. Best of luck in this mowing season.

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Below is step by step instructions copied from the Operators manual:

Drain oil while the engine is warm being careful not to touch the hot engine nor drained oil

a) Place engine level
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