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How do I check the oil on my Mantis Tiller with 4 stroke Honda Engine? THe manual that came with the tiller says it holds 3.4 oz of 4 cycle oil, but when I lay it on it's side the dip stick does not record any oil even when it is full. Because everyone thinks the oil should register on the dipstick too much oil has often been added. This leads to overfilling the crankcase to the point that oil runs out the air cleaner etc when the engine is operating.

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Tip the unit up with the front on the ground, the dip stick will be on the lower part of the engine & comming out at an angle

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I had the same problem. I laid my Mantis on its side and filled the crankcase to the top. When I tried to start it the oil came dripping out of the air cleaner housing and all over the grass big time. I re-read the instruction manual which CLEARLY states to rotate the Mantis forward on a level surface until it rests on its gas tank then fill the crankcase. I wish they would have put one of those triangle boxes with an exclamation point inside that said DO NOT LAY ON ITS SIDE AND FILL THE CRANKCASE! I bought this Mantis used so I own it now. As I watched the oil running out all over the place I was visualizing the big bill I was going to get from the lawnmower repair shop. WHEW! Thank God this Mantis came with the instruction manual or I may never have figured it out.

Posted on Jun 22, 2013

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