How To Do a Small Engine Oil Change

Much like maintaining a car, changing the oil on your lawn mower engine can help prevent engine damage and ensure you’re getting the best overall performance. It’s best to change your engine oil at the beginning or end of a cutting season and can be completed in just a few short minutes in the comfort of your garage or driveway. This how-to video shows you how to complete an oil change using a Briggs & Stratton oil extractor kit.

0:12 – Importance of changing your engine oil
0:22 – Options for how to change your engine oil
0:48 – Remove the oil with the oil extractor kit
1:50 – Determine which oil is best for your engine
2:06 – Add in new engine oil
2:45 – Check the oil level

Either after the first five hours of use or once each season, it is necessary to change the oil on your lawn mower.

First, start by checking the oil level on your dipstick. The oil level of the dipstick should be between the two holes on the dipstick. Overfilling your engine can be just as bad as using old oil so make sure to check your dipstick level regularly.

Next, identify how to drain the oil on your lawn mower. This can be done through the dipstick tube, drain plug or with an oil extractor tool. From there, it’s time to drain the oil:

– Run the lawn mower engine for 15 minutes to warm up the oil (imperative to remove all dirty debris from engine)
– Turn off the engine and disconnect the spark plug wire
– Drain the gas from the mower OR place a plastic sandwich bag over the gas tank and screw the cap on to prevent leaks
– Insert the oil extractor tube and begin to pump the oil out of the engine

Once you have removed all the old oil and placed it in a container, set the container aside and after you are completed with the oil, change take this container to your nearest dealership where they can recycle your old oil.

Now, you can begin pouring in the clean, new oil. Check your operator’s manual to determine which oil is best for your engine. In this video we used Briggs & Stratton SAE 30 Oil which can be used for most small engines. Once you finish pouring in the new oil, insert the dipstick in the tube and check to make sure the oil is at the correct level. When the oil is at the correct level, screw on the dipstick cap, put in new fuel if you removed it, and then reconnect the spark plug wire.

Refer to the links below for resources on how to use the dipstick to check the oil level, buy mower oil and/or locate the lawn mower manual.

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