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Thread: WHY You Want To Check The OIL Before You Mow!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    Now for the $100,000 question. Wife know you have her pot?
    I'm willing to bet Doug cleans it and puts it back in the cabinet. He's from Ocean Springs. It gives his gumbo that Gulf Coast flavor.

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    Many years back when motorcycles had carbs, we had a bike come in to the shop with a clicking noise. The owner said it made a loud thunk when he tried to start it, then after that it started but made the click. Turns out that when the bike was on the side stand the float would stick in the left carb, and it dripped enough gas in to the cylinder that it bent the rod when the starter kicked it over. Warranty covered it, but it was hard to figure it out.

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    Hi Doug.Those Briggs engines are a pretty good engine.But as you say,parts will eat your lunch or give ya a heart attack.About 2 years ago,a friend built a real nice wood boat and used a V twin Briggs for power.IIRC it was something like 25 or 30 HP.Inboard setup.
    Most economical for operating costs.Uses it in Lake Okeechobee and the Intercoastal waterway.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
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    Briggs marked parts are STUPID expensive

    Try Cub Cadet marked parts, Doug.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonp View Post
    Briggs marked parts are STUPID expensive

    Try Cub Cadet marked parts, Doug.
    This is what you do... You go to www.partstree.com and find your model, find your parts, (roll your eyes at the prices listed!) get the part numbers, most are a 6 digit number, open an ebay search and put the number in, voila! Your headaches, AND your getting ripped off from the stealership are a thing of the past!

    I still have to take the muffler off and roll it around and drain it, it's the lowest point where gasoline could collect and still be lurking, and could easily cause an explosion and/or fire if I try and start the newly repaired motor without making sure it's cleared of the fuel and fumes.
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    I buy most of my MTD parts from SEPW. Reasonable prices and freight, great catalogs. I have found that a genuine Cub Cadet deck drive belt will outlast an "equivalent" MTD belt 2 to 1 or better. I bought my Cub Cadet when my MTD mower locked up just like DougGuy's. Had a shop in town fix it and install a shutoff valve. After that repair bill I fixed it a time or two myself until I learned to use the shutoff. Made a good backup to my Cub Cadet. Sold it to my neighbor after buying my Kubota. I explained to him about the shutoff but for some reason he quit using it soon after he bought it.
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    Gas in my girlfriends VW engine was an all day project. After I got it running for a few minutes I did another oil change.

    Then there was the time she forgot she had put a trash bag over the engine to keep water out. (It rains sideways here.) The bag mostly went through the fan onto the tops of the cylinders.
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    I have fuel shutoff valves on every engine where I could find a place to put one. I have never regretted having them.
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    On old VWs also a shredded alternator belt (or, I imagine, covering plastic garbage bag) could cover up the oil cooler holes, then your oil doesn't stay cool and the engine dies; Not good.

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