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I went home last night with two goals:
  • Perform scheduled maintenance on the Husqvarna YTH2448
  • Perform maintenance on the JD 180 and get it cranked

I had collected all the spark plugs, oil filters, air filters, SAE 30 and starter fluid to get the job done.

The YTH2448 is our current use mower, so I got on that job first. I pulled it onto our carport so I would have a clean flat surface to work with. It has been idling rough, so I knew we needed spark plugs. I took care of the air filter and plugs, than set about changing the oil. I removed the oil filler cap, popped the drain tube cap off, attached the drain hose to it, putting the other end in a jug to catch the oil, then I turned the drain assembly (turn and pop outward) to release the oil. Imagine my surprise then the whole thing came off in my hand. :fing20: I spilled at least a quart of oil on the floor trying to get it back on. When the oil had finished draining, I removed the oil filter. You guessed it; more oil on the floor, but now it's on the frame and deck so it's draining off it more than one place.

Got the Husqvarna back in operation, cranked her up and she sounded much better, though the engine seems to be running a bit weakly. I suspect I need to adjust the idle speed a bit.

Then, I took a tow strap and went to retrieve the JD 180 from the shed. I took my 6yo with me to steer the JD while I was towing it, but he took one look at the spider webs all over it and said "no thanks."

We pulled it to the water hose and I sprayed it off. Then I got it close to the carport and pushed it the rest of the way up.

I went ahead and swapped out the spark plug (gapped it first). The air filter was changed right before it went out of service, so it's good for now. Then I set up to drain the oil. I removed the oil filler cap, put the jug in place to catch the oil, and loosened the oil drain plug. I proceeded to loosen it by hand and pop, it slipped from my fingers, and fell into the jug. :banghead3

After it drained out, I got the empty bottles from the Husqvarna oil change and began pouring the oil out to retrieve the plug.

I replaced the drain plug and added the first quart of oil. It was at that point that I realized I had forgotten to change the oil filter! I grabbed the empty quart bottle and a funnel and started to remove the drain plug again. Now the plug and my fingers were really slick and <plop!>, the plug dropped into the funnel and stopped it up, and the oil began dumping again. :duh: I pulled the funnel out, dropped it in the oil fill tube, and held the jug to catch the flow. Then I took the funnel out, poured it backward into the quart bottle and retrieved the drain plug.

Finally, I removed the oil filter. I poured more oil onto the mower than I was able to catch, so I had yet another cleanup to do.

So basically, after 3 hours, I successfully changed the oil in two tractors, cleaned up 5 oil spills, and ran out of time so I didn't get to try cranking the JD!

Steve
 

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Are you sure that you didn't step into some alternate dimension and have one of my evenings? :sidelaugh

My luck runs the same way, when it rains it pours. :duh:
 

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Sounds like an episode of me doing a plumbing job, the simplest fix always seems to take on a life of its own. Hey you hung in there and got it done, well almost and besides if stuff like that never happened, it could only be because you weren't DIY:fing32:
 

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haha... good times.
thats why go very slowly when removing the drain plug, making sure to hold onto it..... its a great feeling when you get done with the change and just have a couple drops of oil on your finger :)
 

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So, next time I'm going to get a bottle jack and lift the filter side of the mower and try to drain some oil out of the filter before I loosen it. There has to be a better way.
 

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5 gallons? You're lucky. The differential/hydraulics pump sump in the rear of my Ford 4000 takes 32 to 34 quarts (8 to 8.5 gallons!). The select-o-speed transmission takes another 14 quarts (3.5 gallons).

I've got to buy a biggger oil drain pan. The only one that I've got holds about 4 gallons. I use it to change the oil in my cars. motorcycles and lawn tractors, and I even used it to change the engine oil in the Ford 4000, as that only takes 6 quarts.

I've been looking at a big oil drain pan at TSC that's built in to a big holding tank that has it's own hand-truck type wheels and the "neck" of the tank acts as the handle of the hand truck. Has anybody used one of those? Are they any good?
 

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What a day, sounds like some of mine.
 

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I have days like that. I usually involves something breaking when tightening or something not screwing into a threaded hole that was supposed to 'just work'. Then I look closely and almost always read "Made in Taiwan" or some such thing.

THAN the cuss words start to flow like that oil you were talking about spilling out of the drain hole ....
 

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Yep, it's days like that where the young'ns learn the gentle art of cussing. I was repeating stuff my dad said when I was only 3 years old (he had a favorite phrase at the time and apparently said it often), and now 50 years later, if I smack a finger or stub a toe, that very same phrase still pops right out of my mouth. Funny thing is my dad no longer says that phrase, but something completely different.
 

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Nope. No cuss words. But boy, if he were a psychic, he would have heard some things that I shouldn't be thinking!
 

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It rained here today so early on I decided I'd replace the plastic oil drain abortion with just a simple stopper plug that we're all familiar with...btw mine has been weeping oil since I first changed the oil at 10 hrs.

I did some research here and the other forum and found a post where the owner loosened up the 4 engine bolts to tilt the engine and decided well that was easy to do.

When I looked at the 2550 I couldn't easily get to the 2 bolts on the right side because I have to remove too many other things so after looking it over I decided to pass for now. Mostly cause the wife wanted me to rebuild the the pontoon boat table/refer that dry rotted.

Well I worked on that table instead because I had bad vibes about tackling the tractor. Darn it I wish there was an easier way to fix that.

Well maybe I go look it over now and rethink it.
 

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Well today I replaced the OEM pos drain plug with a simple stopper...like the kind we all grew up with the 3/8 square protrusion.

I have a recovery system that get 95% of the used oil so I don't care if it leaks off the frame...I just don't want the drain plug to leak oil constantly.

Took off the starter to get the right side bolts lifted the engine just a tad 1/4 " to remove the old drain...btw it was hand loose right out of the factory. Because it sat flat on the frame they could not tighten it up...and they knew that too.

I was going to to what moe did with the right angle drain down the back but decided against it...mostly cause I didn't want to lift the moter that high.

Another reason was because I have no problem R&R-ing the mowing deck. I probably do it more often than most to sharpen the blades and pull full deck maint plus scraping.

The weather was off so I also disabled the seat safety and the back up blade shut off too. I forgot how nice it is to stand off side the tractor and using your hand to move the tractor forward or reverse...good way to self recover out of a muddy hole or ice.

I did a dry run on an embankment it it was a pleasure to hang my azz off side the tractor for a safety balance and not have the blades shut off/on at full throttle.

I have one more major mod to do...replace that stupid 'O' ring oil level check stem and tube with a conventional screw type.

If any of you found a solution to that I'd appreciate a heads up....thanks.
 

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Thanks for your honest post. I thought I was the only one that stuff happen to.
 
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