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Maintenence; Engine; Changing Engine Oil; To Drain The Fuel - Craftsman T1400 247.203734 Operator's Manual

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Before performing any maintenance or repairs, disengage PTO, move shift
lever into neutral position, set parking brake, stop engine and remove key to
prevent unintended starting.


Refer to the Engine Owner's Manual for engine maintenance instructions.
Check engine oil level before each use as instructed in the Engine Owner's Manual
packed with your unit. Follow the instructions carefully.

Changing Engine Oil

The engine oil should be changed in the first 5 hours and then every 50 hours or
once a season. To change the engine oil, proceed as follows:
With engine OFF but still warm, disconnect spark plug wire and keep it away
from spark plug.
Remove the oil fill cap/dipstick from the oil fill tube. See Figure 10.
Oil Drain Valve
Oil Drain Tube
Turn the steering wheel all the way to the right to better expose the drain
Open the drain cap and push the oil drain hose (packed with this manual)
onto the oil drain port. Route the opposite end of the hose into an
appropriate oil collection container with at least a 2.5 quart capacity to
collect the used oil.
Turn the oil drain valve 1⁄4-turn counterclockwise, then pull outward to begin
draining oil. After the oil has finished draining, push the end of the oil drain
valve back in and turn 1⁄4-turn clockwise to secure it back in place. Re-cap the
end of the oil drain valve to keep debris from entering the drain port.
Remove the oil drain tube and retain for later use.
Replace the oil filter as instructed in the Kohler Owner's Manual.
Refill the engine with new oil. Refer to the Kohler Owner's Manual for
information regarding the volume and weight of engine oil.
Figure 10
Used oil is a hazardous waste product. Dispose of used oil properly. Do not
discard with household waste. Check with your local authorities or or contact
1-888-331-4569 for a list of safe disposal/recycling facilities.
Fuel Filter
Gasoline and its vapors are extremely flammable and explosive. Fire or
explosion can cause severe burns or death.
Keep gasoline away from sparks, open flames, pilot lights, heat, and other
ignition sources.
Check fuel lines, tank, cap, and fittings frequently for cracks or leaks. Replace
if necessary.
Before replacing the fuel filter, drain the fuel tank as per the instructions
Do not drain fuel when the engine is hot. Allow the engine adequate time to
cool. Drain fuel into an approved container outdoors, away from open flame.
Drain any large volume of fuel from the tank by disconnecting the fuel line
from the in-line fuel filter near the engine.
Remove the fuel line from the ln-line side (side towards the fuel tank) of the
fuel filter.
Replacement parts must be the same and installed in the same position as
the original parts.
If fuel spills, wait until it evaporates before starting engine.
Before replacing the fuel filter, drain the fuel tank. Otherwise, fuel can leak
out and cause a fire or explosion.

To Drain the fuel:

Locate the fuel filter, which is routed on the left side of the engine between
the fuel tank and the carburetor, and may be attached to the engine with a tie
strap. Cut the tie strap, if present, then pinch the in-line clamp on the fuel filter
with a pair of pliers, slide the clamp up the fuel line. Pull the fuel line free from
the filter and place the open end of the line into an approved container to drain
the fuel.
To change the fuel filter:
Use pliers to squeeze the tabs on the other clamp (the out-line side of the
fuel filter), then slide the clamp away from the fuel filter. Twist and pull the
fuel line off of the fuel filter. See Figure 11.
Figure 11

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