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The oil that is in it, is poulan, chain, and bar 30 weight, can I drain, or flush,engine

I was told the engine will be unreliable now that the bar, and chain oil was put in, and ran through.

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I usually just drain the oil. Bar and chain oil is thinner than normal SAE 30. If the engine is not seized, then I would suggest using a 15W-40 oil if you are in a warm climate area. These air cooled engines get hot quickly and that will cause the oil to thin more quickly and become less effective. Using the 15W-40 may cause hard starting at lower temperatures. Depending on how long the engine ran with that oil has a lot to do with the "reliability" of the engine. If it was smoking the last time you used it, then yes the engine needs to be reworked (new rings and valve seals in particular). If it wasn't smoking, I would run it with the heavier oil until it just won't turn anymore. These little engines are pretty tough. If the mower is less than 2 years old, then I would put the manufacturer's recommended oil back in it. Don't be too concerned if all of the old oil doesn't drain. Just change it again around mid-season.

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