Changing the Oil in a Lawn Mower

Maintaining your lawn mower is crucial for optimal performance, and one essential task is changing the oil in your lawn mower regularly.

In this mower oil change guide, you'll learn how to do it yourself, saving both time and money.

Person Performing a Lawn Mower Oil Change

1. Gather Your Tools and Supplies

To begin changing the oil in your lawn mower, you'll need some essential tools and supplies, including a socket wrench, an oil pan, fresh engine oil (check your mower's manual for the right type), a funnel, and safety goggles.

2. Safety First

Before you start, ensure your lawn mower is on a flat, level surface and turned off.

Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from any splashes or spills. Safety is paramount!

3. Locate the Oil Drain Plug (if applicable)

Some mower models have an oil drain plug underneath the mower. It's usually a bolt on the bottom of the engine.

To use this plug simply position your oil pan beneath it and remove the plug with a socket wrench.

If your mower does not have an oil drain plug skip to the next step.

4. Drain the Old Oil

Draining old oil from a lawn mower

Carefully tilt your mower on it's side to start draining the oil. Using a wooden block to elevate the mower slightly can be helpful for this step(see image).

Position your oil pan beneath it to catch the old oil. as it drains out. Allow it to flow completely.

5. Replace the Oil Filter (If Applicable)

If your lawn mower has an oil filter, now is a good time to replace it. Unscrew the old one and replace it with a new, compatible filter.

Changing the oil filter is optional but recommended for riding mower models. Push mowers rarely have an oil filter.

6. Refill with Fresh Oil

Adding Fresh Oil to a Lawn Mower

Using a funnel, pour the appropriate amount of fresh engine oil into the oil fill port.

Refer to your mower's manual for the specific oil type and capacity. Be cautious not to overfill.

7. Check the Oil Level

Checking the oil level of a lawn mower

After adding the oil, check the oil level with the dipstick. Ensure it's at the right level, but don't overfill. Adjust if necessary.

8. Dispose of Old Oil Properly

Don't forget to dispose of old mower fluids responsibly. Many auto parts stores or recycling centers accept used motor oil.

Do not pour it down the drain or throw it in the trash.

By following these steps, you can easily change the oil in your lawn mower, keeping it running smoothly and efficiently for a well-maintained lawn.

Remember to consult your mower's manual for specific guidelines and recommended oil types. Happy mowing!