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Before Starting Engine - Craftsman 141 Owner's Manual

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BEFORE
STARTING
ENGINE
ADD
OIL
Your lawnmower
is shipped
without
oil in
the engine.
For type and grade of oil to
use, see "ENGINE"
in the Maintenance
section
of this manual.
• i CAUTION:
DO NOT overfill engine with
oil, or it will smoke
heavily from the muffler
on startup.
1. Be sure lawnmower
is level.
2.
Remove
oil dipstick from oil fill spout.
3. You receive a container
of oil with the
unit.
Slowly pour the entire container
down the oil fill spout into the engine.
NOTE:
Initial oil fill requires
only 18 oz.
due to residual
oil in engine from the
manufacturers
100% quality testing.
When
changing
oil you may need 20 oz.
4.
Insert and tighten
dipstick.
IMPORTANT:
• Check oil level before
each use. Add oil
if needed.
Fill to full line on dipstick.
• Change
the oil after every 25 hours of
operation
or each season.
You may
need to change
the oil more often
under dusty, dirty conditions.
See "TO
CHANGE
ENGINE
OIL[' in the Mainte-
nance section
of this manual.
ADD GASOLINE
• Fill fuel tank to bottom
of tank filler neck.
Do not overfill.
Use fresh, clean, regular
unleaded
gasoline
with a minimum
of
87 octane.
Do not mix oil with gasoline.
Purchase
fuel in quantities
that can be
used within 30 days to assure fuel fresh-
ness.
,_ CAUTION:
Wipe off any spilled
oil or
fuel.
Do not store, spill or use gasoline
near an open flame.
_l_ CAUTION:
Alcohol
blended
fuels
(called gasohol
or using ethanol
or metha-
nol) can attract moisture
which leads to
separation
and formation
of acids during
storage.
Acidic gas can damage
the fuel
system
of an engine while in storage.
To
avoid engine problems,
the fuel system
should
be emptied
before storage
of 30
days or longer.
Empty the gas tank, start
the engine and let it run until the fuel lines
and carburetor
are empty.
Use fresh fuel
next season.
See Storage
Instructions
for
additional
information.
Never use engine
or carburetor
cleaner
products
in the fuel
tank or permanent
damage
may occur.
Engine
oil cap
Primer
Gasoline
filler cap
TO STOP
ENGINE
• To stop engine,
release
operator
pres-
ence control bar.
TO START
ENGINE
NOTE:
Due to protective
coatings
on the
engine,
a small amount
of smoke
may be
present
during the initial use of the prod-
uct and should
be considered
normal.
1. To start a cold engine,
push primer
three (3) times before trying to start.
Use a firm push. This step is not
usually necessary
when starting
an
engine which has already
run for a few
minutes.
2.
Hold operator
presence
control bar
down to the handle and pull starter
handle quickly. Do not allow starter
rope to snap back.
NOTE:
In cooler weather
it may be neces-
sary to repeat priming steps.
In warmer
weather
over priming
may cause flooding
and engine will not start. If you do flood
engine,
wait a few minutes
before attempt-
ing to start and do not repeat priming
steps.
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