How to Change the Oil in a Honda Self-Propelled Mower
Maintaining a Honda self-propelled mower is much like maintaining any other mower. The Honda self-propelled mower has a transmission that allows you to walk behind the mower rather than push it. To change the oil in a Honda self-propelled mower, no adjustments are necessary to the transmission but you need to follow a few safety guidelines before working on your mower. Check your engine oil before each use and change it after every 50 hours of use.
Turn off the fuel valve located on the left side of the Honda self-propelled mower motor, below the fuel tank and next to the carburetor. Disconnect the spark plug wire by pulling it from the spark plug located on the front of the mower motor. Follow these two safety steps to avoid any injury to yourself or damage to your mower.
What does white smoke coming out of lawn mower mean?
White or blue smoke may indicate an oil spill on the engine. Similarly, you could’ve spilled oil on the engine by mowing on a slope greater than 15 degrees or tipping the mower on its side. The smoke may look disconcerting, but it’s completely harmless.
Insert the dipstick into the tube slowly and push it all the way down. Now withdraw it and look closely at the tip, which should have oil on it. If the level of the oil is between the two lines, your vehicle has enough oil. If it’s at the low mark or below, it’s time to add a quart.
Remember to disable your mower and turn the fuel off before turning your mower over to remove oil. A much better option to drain the oil is to use an oil/gas siphon. It’s a real time saver, it’s clean, and it’s easy. Just drain the oil out through the dipstick tube.
You’ll find a link to the oil siphon I use here on the “Small engine repair tools page”. It works best if the engine was running a while first, just long enough to warm the oil, helping it move more freely.
Checking Engine Oil Level Adding Oil
1 Level – The mower should be cold and on level ground. If your mower has already been running, just allow the oil to settle for five minutes before checking.
3 Dipstick – Dipsticks come in different styles, but all do the same job. A lower mark (L) and an upper mark (F). When the oil level is in the hatched area, it’s OK. But aim to have it at the F mark.
4 Low Oil – This oil level is way too low. It’s below the low oil level mark indicated here by the lower hole.
5 Add Oil – Add oil in small amounts, and this will prevent overfilling. Let the oil settle before checking.
6 Oil Ok – This is the correct level for oil. Check the oil with every refueling.
7 Too Full – Too much oil here; it’s way above the top hole (Full mark). This can damage the engine and cause oil leaks and white smoke. If the oil level is very full, it will stall the engine. We’ll need to remove some.
Why Check The Oil?
Because the correct quantity and quality of the oil are critically important to the life of the engine, some mowers are fitted with a safety switch that won’t allow the mower to start if the oil level is low. It’s a fantastic idea; lots of otherwise good engines are lost due to a lack of oil.
Unfortunately, not all mowers have this feature, so it’s important to check your oil regularly; an easy way to remember…. check the oil every time you fill the gas tank. An incorrect oil level can damage your engine beyond economic repair. An oil level that’s too low causes excessive heat, friction, and premature wear or complete seizure of the engine.
An oil level that’s too high can:
Lawnmower engines that don’t have an oil filter generally don’t have an oil pump. This means they employ the splash method of lubrication. An overfull oil level can be especially harmful to these engines.
When to Change The Oil?
Change your oil once per season or every 50 hours of operation. Oil needs to be changed as it gets contaminated and diluted by fuel and other deposits associated with combustion and metal friction. If neglected, this oil turns into a diluted sludge which offers little protection to the engine.
Changing the oil is an easy job. Only basic tools are required. Some of the latest generation Briggs and Stratton engines won’t need an oil change ever; they’re designed to run clean. Mmmm…. I think I’d change the oil; old habits die hard. Check out “Lawn mower tune-up”.
Can you put too much oil in a lawnmower? Too much oil in a lawnmower engine can cause white smoke, and oil leaks, and in some cases, the engine won’t start. The fix is simple, drain out the excess oil.
Can you use car oil in a lawnmower? Car engine oil types such as 5w30 or 10w30 are OK to use in lawn mower engines.
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How to Change Oil in Toro and Honda Lawn Mower?
The lawn mower needs to be taken care of just as you take care of your used vehicle on a regular basis. And oil changing is best for those caring. You know regular oil changes will simultaneously increase the efficiency and durability of a lawn mower.
If you frequently use your Toro and Honda lawn mower at a higher temperature, it is recommended to change the oil after a few day’s intervals.
But what to do when you don’t know how to change oil in Toro and Honda lawn mower?
Don’t be upset. It is an easy process and you can do it by yourself.
In this article, we will discuss the proper guidelines on how to change oil in Toro lawn mower and how to change oil in Honda lawn mower.
So why late? Just have a mug of coffee and let’s see what’s new is waiting for you!
The Process To Change Oil In Toro And Honda Lawn Mower:
When you are using the lawn mower regularly, it is advisable to change the oil after 20-50 hours. It may take approximately 15-20 minutes to change the oil.
Before changing the engine oil, collect the user manual of the lawn mower that you used. Carefully go through the user manual to avoid any kind of unforeseen accident.
Step #1: Get The Lawn Mower Ready For An Oil Change.
- Turn the engine on and heat it well. This will increase the flow of oil and make it easier to remove the oil.
- Use an air compressor or a clean towel to wipe well around the oil insert area.
- Take an oil pan to collect the oils that are already in the mower oil tank.
- Place the oil pan just below the oil drain pipe.
Step #2: Pour Out The Old Oils.
- Remove the lid mounted on the mouth of the oil drain pipe.
- Tilt the lawn mower a little to the side so that all the oils can get out of the tank.
- Keep the lawn mower in this state for a while.
- As long as the drops of oil fall into the oil pan, leave it in that position.
Not all lawn mowers have an oil filter. However, some new types of lawn mowers have oil filters.
- If the oil filter is fitted with screws, remove the screws using a screwdriver.
- Slightly rotate the oil filter anticlockwise to remove it if there are no screws attached to the filter.
- The oil filter also contains some oils. Take a pot to collect the oils so that they do not spread.
- Take out the old oil filter.
- Take a new oil filter and apply some oil on the front of it. This will make it easier to set up the oil filter.
- Install the new oil filter this time. Make sure it touches the bottom of the tank.
- If there are screws, set all the screws in the oil filter and install it properly.
Step #4: Refill The Tank With Oil.
- According to the user manual of Toro lawn mower and Honda lawn mower,
- The refilled amount of oil is 0.35~0.40 L.
- The recommended oil for regular use: SAE 10W-30.
- Now, refill the oil tank. Stop after pouring the oil for a while and wait for a couple of minutes. Check the oil level with the dipstick. Continuing to check in after a while will help prevent oil from falling over.
- Place the lid on the tank.
Done. Now, you can use the lawn mower with ease.
- Bring the lawn mower to a flat surface. This will make your task easier.
- Wear hand gloves before starting work.
- Disconnect the power cable from the battery to avoid any unwanted accidents.
- Operate the screwdrivers carefully.
Changing the engine oil can increase the lifespan as well as the durability of the lawn mower. But it is always recommended to check the engine oil before every use.
And of course, don’t use low quality oil. It can damage the engine. You know if the engine fails, the lawn mower will be totally useless. Then, you need to change the engine and It will be very expensive.
Hopefully, this article gave you the proper guidelines on how to change oil in Toro lawn mower and how to change oil in Honda lawn mower.
Lubrication on Two-Stroke Lawn Mower Engines
Lawn mower maintenance for two-cycle engines is quite another matter altogether. Lubrication for two-stroke engines (also called two-cycle) is achieved by mixing the recommended oil into the fuel. Thus, with two-stroke engines, there is no oil to check with a dipstick, because the fuel and the oil are mixed together. The only checking comes in making sure that you are using the recommended type of oil and using it in the recommended ratio. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendation on what type of oil to use and the recommended ratios, and make sure to mix the oil and gas thoroughly.
As in every other area of life, lawn mower maintenance is now being assisted by computer technology. For some high-end mowers, there is already a Bluetooth app you can download onto your phone to remind you when it is time to change the oil and air filters and to perform other tasks related to tuning up your mower and keeping it in good working order. These apps keep track of the hours of use on the mower engine and will alert you when its time to perform maintenance tasks. Some apps can even be used to order replacement parts online.