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Hi bob--
The link at the bottom here has a good picture of what you should be looking for underneath the mower as far as drain plugs on power mowers go. At that website, just scroll all the way down to the photo of oil changes.

Please be sure you disconnect the spark plug before you do anything else to the mower. Also, once you locate the drain plug underneath the mower and you have it open, open up the dipstick or the oil fill caps on the mower and LEVEL the mower as best you can over whatever you're using to collect the used oil. This allows the most amount of used oil out of the machine. I like to add new oil to the fill cap until I see new oil pouring from the drain plug--but that's a little overkill!

After you've reinstalled the drain plug. Put the mower on level ground and start filling SLOWLY. Check the dipstick often--it is easy to overfill the crankcase, and then you will have to empty the excess oil and go back to fill again. Just take your time. Good luck.

--Hope this helps. If it does, please vote and comment. Thanks!

http://floridagardener.com/misc/tuneup.htm

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  • joe Oct 11, 2010

    I went into better detail at this link. Hope this helps. http://www.fixya.com/support/t6353905-ca...

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