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The drain plug is underneath the mower where the blade is. pull the spark plug wire, take the blade off, then take a 3/8" ratchet with small extension and you should find a plug in the bottom of the engine to take out and drain the oil.
Make sure when you fill it back up it should only take 20 ozs. of oil to fill it back up.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009

  • Habeas Opus Sep 19, 2010

    Helpful, but what kind of oil should I use? Standard 4-Cycle 10W40 or something heavier or lighter?


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