Leaking oil? No, SQUIRTING OIL
This little machine is just giving me one problem after another. I think it's purpose in life is to be a teacher -- I'm getting a crash course here on things I never knew. (Actually started looking to take a small engine repair course, just to get up to speed).
Anyway, I still have a problem with stalling/overheating, especially under load. But, I've noticed more and more oil leakage. It really got bad this past snowstorm. A fairly constant slow leak from somewhere (haven't determine it yet) while parked.
But, now, a VERY rapid leak while working. I noticed drips drips drips in the snow everywhere I went. When I finally opened the hood I see the engine is just smoldering. (Is that normal?)
Noticed a large oil wet spot on the right side, above the muffler. Looks like oil is shooting out of the engine there between the head and body. Some shoots right onto the muffler (it is stained now), and obviously smoked quite a bit.
So -- I *could* have a bad or blown head gasket, right?
I *could* have added too much oil, perhaps?
I *could* have somethign wrong with the breather assembly?
I've read that a clogged breather or improperly installed breather could cause pressure buildup in the engine, and result in spewing oil.
Now, if I were to check the breather -- how do I go about unclogging it? If I start to disassemble the breather, do I need new gaskets to put it back together, or can I just put it back together?
The air cleaner on this thing isn't the right one, as far as I can tell. It is ROUND and not a teardrop, as I thought it was supposed to be. This means that the largish HOSE coming out of the left side of the engine near the flywheel isn't connected to anything, just open to the air. And it also means that the little tube underneath the carb sticking out of the engine doesn't connect to anything.
If anyone has a 200 series can someone explain to me how this tube, and the hose, fit together in relation to the aircleaner?
Thanks guys. I'm starting to wonder if I should give up on the project, sell it, and buy a newer tractor. Talk me out it. I'm attached to her, but I'm wavering.
JD 212 -- my first tractor, learning as I go.
2011 x500 with 54 deck
17 poly cart