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your engine is listed as a
In other words, a few years ago, Troy-bilt went out of business and MTD bought them out
ALL MTD did was put the Troy-bilt name on their existing line of MTD Cheap Snow throwers
Worse yet, this is not a Briggs and Stratton or Tecumseh or Kohler engine
They call it a Troy bilt engine, but the truth is
MTD has contracted with a little know chinese manufacturer of engines who make engines very cheaply
Unfortunately, they do not even publish engine manuals
if this is made the same as most
there should be a small SQUARE metal Plug at the base of the crankcase
of the engine usually near the rear
You would remove the dip stick and remove this plug
the oil should drain completely into the pan that you have provided
then screw the plug back in
you will fill the engine with new oil up to the line on the dip stick labled FULL
no lower and no higher
most snow throwers use 10W30 motor oil (Not the same as used in a lawn mower engine)
Usually it will uses somewhere between 16 and 20oz of oil
Do NOT over fill because you can blow the oil seals of the engine
do not underfill because your wngine will suffer and die from oil starvation.
Are you able to see the square metak Plug?
Suggestions I have received are: 1st oil change after 5-6 hours to remove break-in oil, use 30W, then change yearly or 25 hours. Can follow the directions you just described. Is the 10W30 a better choice than just 30w?
Also, should I do this (first) oil change, then change again at a more frequent interval?
Yes, the drain plug is at the end of a small tube allowing easy removal.
you dio not use 30W in snow throwers as it is too thick
use SAE 30 in lawnmowers
and then only if the temp is above 50 degrees, else
if the temp is less than 50 degrees F you use 10W30
Normally, I would suggest break in oil removal at 2 hours
but on snow throwers, they never get warm enough in 2 hours to really break in, so yes 4 to 5 hours is best
then TWICE a year after that with normal use
The reason you can get away with longer on a snow thrower than a lanw mower is because the DIRT is just not in the air
Lawn mower oil does not usually wear out, it just gets dirty because of the environment it runs it
if you change oil more often such as 20 hours, in the snow thrower and 13 or 14 hours in the lawn mower
you will double the engine life
ALSO, NEVER EVER allow gas older than 30 days old to be in contact with any part of the carburetor
that means buy gas in tiny quanitities
and when it hits the 30 day mark, pour it in your car and go buy more fresh gas
these cheap carbs in todays engine combined with the junk gas that all contains alcohol is a terrible combination
Great, you've answered my questions regarding interval and oil type. I see no type of oil filter on the engine; is there something I should be looking for? I'm draining last years gas now (even though I put Staybil in it.
and before you ask.
STABIL does not work in gas with alcohol in it
Make sure to get the gas out of the carburetor
make sure to get the gas out of the carburetor before starting it
then run it a while with fresh gas to clean it out
Good to know. I run all gas out of my outboard each year, I'll do that with this machine as well.