Wouldn't clay come off much easier soaking wet ??
:ditto:I like to change the oil to get out the dirt and acids that are in the engine. I also would fog the cylinders before storage and use a pressure washer on the deck. slkpk
I'm doing the same thing on mine. Back to the OP, if that oil has more than 10-15 hours on it I would change it, as was said get the old with acid out not to mention there may be a little fuel in it.Whatever you decide to do about changing oil I've taken to writing the date of the oil change and other service on the underside of the hood with a sharpie. If I write it down somewhere else I always loose it.
I would leave in the old oil, unless you are storing it in a heated space, because if it is in the cold the crank case can condense vapor, and you will start next year with with water vapor in the oil.I have made my last cut and am getting my mower ready for winter storage. Two issues arise.
1) Oil change. Do I really need to change it before I store it if I don't use it for anything but mowing? How about just changing it before I put it back into service next Spring? Yes it is cheap to change it but why do I need to if I am not using it?
Why would you change the oil and not the filter? Don't make sense to me but it's your tractor so do what you want and enjoy doing it. Thats the most important part:trink40: slkpkI have 30 hours on it since last oil change in April. The oil still looks decent, honey color. It only takes about 45 minutes to mow and I always cut in the evening hours when cooler. I may go ahead and just change the oil but not the filter.
I'm doing the same thing on mine. Back to the OP, if that oil has more than 10-15 hours on it I would change it, as was said get the old with acid out not to mention there may be a little fuel in it.
Ditto to both!I always change the oil in the fall, to get all the dirty oil out rather than let it sit all winter and have the crud settle out in the sump, then don't change the oil in the spring as it is unused oil.
That snot is called H2O.Drain some old dirty oil into a container and let it sit all winter. Then in the spring dump it out and look at the snotty mess that settled on the bottom of your container.
I always drain old oil before something is going to sit for a month or more.
I hope you are storing it inside a heated building, if not I would change the oil again in the spring, because your engine is not that sealed plastic bottle that you poured the oil from.OK after reading your post I think I will go ahead and change it. It was a $4K lawn mower after all. One more thing, is there another brand filter I can use just for the winter storage. What is JD equivalent at Autozone or Wal-Mart? I have a x320 with a 22hp Kawasaki.