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Long story kind of short, came home and found the father in law halfway down the driveway with the dgt6000 dead. I said hey whats going on, he said it started fine, ran good then just died and wouldnt start. I tried starting to see what happened, and it was just a loud "ka-chunk" sound and not turning. Oh crap I thought, seemed way too much like what was a stuck valve on the 10hp tecumseh I have. So I check the oil, find it to be almost dry. At this point I am panicking in my mind. Thinking thats it, i seized the engine or cracked the block. Bear in mind I dont have a lot of experience with engines, trying to pick this up as I go along.

So I put in a quart of 5w-30, try to start it and it is almost dead, so I jump it with my way too small jumper cables to my car. After a few repeats of the same result, I started to think I was done and screwed. I figured I would try it a few more times, because I couldnt think of anything else. I am watching the fly wheel closely now, and noticed it was turning about a 1/4 of an inch or so each attempt, so it wasnt seized. The thought had gone through my mind that it probably had a low oil shut off, but couldnt be sure. So at this point I am guessing that I just need to it do enough turns to draw in some oil. Just as it finally starts to break free and I get a half turn on the flywheel, I notice my too small jumper cables are smoking and melting. Its taking a lot of amperage to move this thing between the cold (-10) and low oil. So after a run to the auto store to get some 6 gauge jumpers, the Craftsman started without missing a beat! Lots of lessons learned.

I changed the oil to the "winter oil" about a month and a half ago, hadnt even thought to check it recently. I had noticed a good amount of white smoke on startup, but doesnt seem to be much if any running.
 

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I had a kohler in a husqvarna that smoked if I had too much oil in it
 

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Please get in the habit of checking the oil level EVERY TIME before starting any small engine. Even if it was running 5 minutes ago, when you shut it down for a potty break.
 

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"Please get in the habit of checking the oil level EVERY TIME before starting any small engine."

Absolutely! Many, many engines are ruined by neglecting this very simple, common sense, practice.

"I had noticed a good amount of white smoke on startup, "

This often denotes blown head gasket but can also indicate too high an oil level often resulting from oil being contaminated with gasoline from a leaking float needle valve. It always helps to post the make and model number of the engine as many people know engines but have no ideal what a dgt6000 has on it including me and have no inclination to go on a searching party to try to find out.

Walt Conner
 

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Whoa, nice positive outcome of that story! I read low oil and FIL and thought "this isn't going to end well". Glad it all worked out!
 

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Easier said then done when you have a Craftsman with a blower that sits tight to the hood and you can not open the hood with it attached :banghead3: lol
 

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Easier said then done when you have a Craftsman with a blower that sits tight to the hood and you can not open the hood with it attached :banghead3: lol
I can open the hood with the Berco attached but if I ever forget to put a glove between the blower chute and the leaning hood I'm going to dent it.
 

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On mine, i ccan not open the hood with the blower attached.
 
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