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Curtis B.
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Category: Small Engine
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Experience:  have worked on and around most engine models for 35 yrs./Polaris ATV expert
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Can turn the engine by hand to a certain point then it sto

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can turn the engine by hand to a certain point then it stops
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Small Engine
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
have a murray 30 inch riding mower. it was starting fine before i changed the drive belt. i had to turn the mower on it's side to change the drive belt but turned in on the wrong side. so oil was coming out through the the air filter. i can turn the crankshaft by hand about 2 and half to 3 turn then it stop. when i apply more pressure it will eventually let be go pass that point. But when trying to start it with the battery it stops suddenly.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
the lawnmower was outside on my back patio all winter cover with a tarp.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
Remove the spark plug and see if it spins!
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
Fluid on top of piston.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
do you think fluid is the oil? how do fix the fluid on top of piston problem?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
spinning engine with spark plug removed will do it!
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
so i will need to remove the spark plug and spin the engine by hand and the fluid will come out of the spark plug hole. so when the fluid stop coming out, will it be safe to start and what can i expect? loud engine, smoke..
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
Turn it with starter! It will throw out any oil. Likely will smoke when you first start it!
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
It will quickly clear up!