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It's under the mower on most Briggs & Stratton engines and others. It's about 2 or 3 inches from the shaft. It may be a bit hard to see because of being caked with grass. Use a putty knife to scrape it off.

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If you are certain the oil is overfilled, then yes, this should be the problem. Single cylinder engines have little tolerance for excess oil in the crankcase. Since you're at it, you may as well change the oil in the mower while you have this all apart. In order to do this safely, be sure you have disconnected the spark plug wire from the top of the plug. You do not want the mower to start while you are under it. If you are unsure, ask someone who knows how to do this safely. You should also do this on a cool mower, as gasoline could leak from the tank or carburetor and pose a burning and fire risk. That said:

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17) Tilt the mower and check the drain plug one more time for leaks. Snug it up as necessary.
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http://floridagardener.com/misc/tuneup.htm
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