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Cub cadet rider, white smoke, oil on spark plugs........help!!

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    Jo Porter May 03, 2015

    Thank you. But, I hadn't added oil or touched anything. It ran fine two days ago. I thought I ran out of gas, but after I filled it up it just started and about 5 seconds later it died. Also lots of smoke, white blue. I cleaned the air filter and checked the oil which was fine. Nothing.

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You may have oil leaking by the rings, try some oil treatment such as Seafoam or Marvel Mystery Oil. If the rings just have carbon build up then it will clean it out and allow the rings to seal correctly

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Not to panic... the oil should burn off. It will just be a little embarrassing to have all that smell and white smoke until it does! However, the real question is, how did oil get on the spark plugs in the first place? If you spilled some oil on it, don't worry. If you left the oil filler open, make sure you check your oil level and close it. If you overfilled the oil level in your mower, drain some of the oil out.

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    Rhonda Webster May 03, 2015

    Try removing the spark plug wire from the spark plug, then take the spark plug out by unscrewing it with a deep well socket, then clean out the oil from the hole with gas, dry it well, pull string or crank the engine to spit out the rest, put it all back together and see if that works.

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    Jo Porter May 03, 2015

    Ok, I can do that. But I'm concerned about all the smoke that came out!

  • Rhonda Webster
    Rhonda Webster May 03, 2015

    You said there was "oil on the spark plugs". When oil is on a hot engine it burns and makes white smoke. Don't be afraid. This is NOT a danger to your mower. There IS danger is if you run a mower WITHOUT enough oil.

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