How to Drain Oil From Husqvarna Lawn Mower

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Husqvarna is a company known for its lines of push and riding lawn mowers as well as quality power tools. Routine maintenance, like regular oil changes, will help your Husqvarna mower stay in service longer. Luckily, even if you've never changed a push or riding mower's oil, Husqvarna mowers have been designed to make this process as easy as possible.

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Why Change Your Mower Oil?

The oil in your lawn mower helps lubricate the moving parts that keep the mower in action. As oil circulates through its system, some of it gets used, and thus the oil will slowly lose its ability to lubricate properly. Poor lubrication can lead to overheating inside the mower as well as increased wear and tear as parts grind together dry. This can be avoided by ensuring you stay on schedule with your oil changes so that none of this potential damage ever becomes a reality.

Husqvarna recommends an oil change every 25 hours of mower operation. However, other experts advise you to perform at least one oil change per season depending on usage. Your lawn mower manual should suggest a time frame for regular oil changes based on your particular model.

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Preparing for an Oil Change

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Check your lawn mower's manual to determine what kind of oil your model uses. Most walk and push mowers use SAE 30. You'll need a pan or bucket for oil to drain into as well as somewhere to store your old oil so that it can be disposed of properly. You should also have an oil funnel, gloves and eye protection in case of splashing and shop towels to keep the oil from spreading.

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Then, you'll need to empty the gas tank on the mower. This can be done by running the mower until the fuel tank is empty. Once it has been emptied of gas, disconnect the spark plug so that the wire will not accidentally make contact with the spark plug while you're working. Remove the engine's oil cap and the dipstick and rest them on a clean towel. Use another towel to wipe off any debris around the filler's spout.

Husqvarna Mower Oil Change

First, you'll need to drain the oil from the lawn mower. Most walk and push models can be tipped onto their side so that the oil can drain from the reservoir into the container you have provided. Keep the air filter at the top of the mower as you allow it to completely drain slowly. Husqvarna riding lawn mowers have a drain valve located at the bottom of the engine. Your owner's manual should tell you where to look. Remove the cap, open the drain valve and allow the used oil to drain into its container. You may need to gently shake or tilt the mower to make sure all of the oil has been drained.

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Alternatively, no matter which model you have, you can use an oil pump to empty the oil from its reservoir. Use the dipstick to make sure you've fully emptied the reservoir before returning your mower to an upright position or closing and recapping the drain valve.

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Refill the oil as specified in the manual and use the dipstick to make sure you've added the correct amount. Wipe up any spilled oil and recap as your mower model requires. Once you've reconnected the spark plug, you're ready to go. Just don't forget to properly dispose of the used oil.

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