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I'm trying to do an oil change and I seem go have what the manual refers to as a "Cross pin drain valve". How do I remove this to drain the oil? I tried to put a socket on the valve, but it doesn't seem to work. Is anyone familiar with this kind of drain plug?

Any other tips on oil and filter change for this machine?

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i own a 400 - the oil drain valve opens, no need to remove it. should see a small metal rod on the end - turn left to open. may need to clean and spry wd40 or liq wrench to free up. i would remove the tins on the engine and clean the fins etc.
 

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I agree. I would also put a little tube on the drain valve so you can route the oil to your drain pan and avoid a large mess but it's not required.
 

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Many thanks for the input! Is it just supposed to turn by hand or pliers or...? I'll give it a shot of PB blaster and see what happens! The dealer did a change last year when I had some work done, so it shouldn't be too difficult.

Where does the tube fit on? Right now I've just have a drain pan by the wheel

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Mine is like a petcock so there should be a nipple you can slide small hose/tube on it so you can route the oil as you see fit.
 

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To close the loop formanyone doing a search in the future:

- pin valve may need to be cracked with some pliers (I'm sure there is a specialty tool that would make it easier) and can then be opened by hand.
- my tractor has a short hose that leads aft beside the frame to just behind the steering linkage. An oil pan set below this / on the deck will easily catch the oil
- a special note of appreciation for including an inclined 'tray' below the oil filter so that any drips are guided away from the engine - nice touch!

Easy one-bananna job once I figured out how to open the valve. I've tried strong hand tight this time, so should be easier to open at the end of the season.
 
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