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Old 04-15-2009, 07:24 PM   post #1 of 21
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Default A couple tips on changing oil on an L series

I cut an old oil bottle up to catch the oil from the oil filter, I put it under there
before loosening the filter with a cap style wrench and if you roll the left
rear tire up on something about 2" thick you'd be surprised how much more
old oil come out of the drain tube. Be careful with that plastic bayonet mount
oil drain cap.

I cut away a little too much of my bottle:

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Now that is one fine no-cost idea!

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:36 PM   post #3 of 21
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Now that is one fine no-cost idea!

Thanks for sharing.
I got tired of ending up with oil all over the frame. So brainstormed a bit.
Should have left a bit more bottle up towards the neck but I think I know
where I can get another empty bottle ;-)
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:40 PM   post #4 of 21
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Great Idea! Thanks for sharing with us.
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Default Re: A couple tips on changing oil on an L series

Thanks for the tip. Great idea.
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:40 AM   post #6 of 21
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Default Re: A couple tips on changing oil on an L series

after the first couple changes i started doing similar with a bent peice of cardboard. i guess i need to cut up a plastic bottle so it will be reusable!
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Old 04-16-2009, 12:26 PM   post #7 of 21
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You mean the filter is supposed to be changed!!!!!!!! I thought the manual just said to change the oil like on my wife's car says "change oil soon" OR 5% oil life remaining.

That little filter is the same size as the car filter and according to my hour calculations that little engine will never need it's filter changed until death does it part or 1,500 hours or which ever occurs first.
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:11 AM   post #8 of 21
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Maybar,
Hope you are joking. Your tractor sees a LOT more dust and dirt than your car or truck does. How dirty is your air filter after one mowing? Just one example.
Oil is the blood of an engine. Clean it clean and keep it happy.
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Old 04-20-2009, 05:48 PM   post #9 of 21
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Your tractor sees a LOT more dust and dirt than your car or truck

yea, yea... nevermind that.... it's the +/- 0.100 tolerances on the $5 piston,and $15 cylinder / engine casting, and the $5 carb, that causes less than optimum engine fuel-air control, and results in chunks of carbon being blown down into the oil pan. 50 hours and that oil is black!.

keep in mind, if you go 60 mph in your car for 50 hours, you will have driven 3000 miles.... hmmm... time for an oil change....
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Just too bad JD can't figure a better way than us having to use jury rigged deals
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Like a peice of folded up aluminum foil........or how about tearing away a page out of the owners manual...or the cover for that case, more oil resistant.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:40 PM   post #12 of 21
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now thats great idea.i will use your idea next oil change, thanks.
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Like a peice of folded up aluminum foil........or how about tearing away a page out of the owners manual...or the cover for that case, more oil resistant.

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Old 05-23-2009, 09:43 AM   post #14 of 21
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i did a little reading on oil filters for briggs motors.i found that ph 8172 which is 2.7 inchs long or ph 3614 which is 3.4 inchs long is what most are using on their JD briggs/stratton. also the ph 4967 was rec but i did not look at that one.wix,napa,super tech ,fram tough guard,ac,purulator were 6 that was tested on quality of filters.

notice i did not list the fram others ,only the TOUGH GUARD was ok on material in fram line.

these are auto oil filters.i personelly for price and tests i read like the WAL-MART super-tech but now they are making them in mexico with plastic by-pass.that plastic by-pass is only ,in my opinion a problem if your oil changes went over like 7500 miles on auto,for lawnmower if you change oil/filter yearly,i change my oil 2 times a year and filter 1 time in my mower ,no problem i can see.

i think wix/napa/ac still put metal in their by-pass valves.

funny, i went to store looking for yugo filter which i heard fits the briggs and it was PH3614,same as those 2 i listed on what was used by others.

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i did a little reading on oil filters for briggs motors.i found that ph 8172 which is 2.7 inchs long or ph 3614 which is 3.4 inchs long is what most are using on their JD briggs/stratton. also the ph 4967 was rec but i did not look at that one.wix,napa,super tech ,fram tough guard,ac,purulator were 6 that was tested on quality of filters.

notice i did not list the fram others ,only the TOUGH GUARD was ok on material in fram line.

these are auto oil filters.i personelly for price and tests i read like the WAL-MART super-tech but now they are making them in mexico with plastic by-pass.that plastic by-pass is only ,in my opinion a problem if your oil changes went over like 7500 miles on auto,for lawnmower if you change oil/filter yearly,i change my oil 2 times a year and filter 1 time in my mower ,no problem i can see.

i think wix/napa/ac still put metal in their by-pass valves.

funny, i went to store looking for yugo filter which i heard fits the briggs and it was PH3614,same as those 2 i listed on what was used by others.
forgot, i also put a magnet on top of the oil filter,this helps keep the metal particles in the filter and out of oil to engine parts.
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