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Gas And Oil Fill-Up; To Start Engine - Craftsman 247.887210 Operator's Manual

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GAS
AND OIL FILL-UP
Oil (one bottle shipped with unit)
FirstTime Use
1.
Removeoil fill dipstick.
2.
Withthe lawnmoweron levelground,use a funnelto emptyentire
contentsof oil bottle providedintothe engine.
3.
Replaceoil fill dipstickand tighten.
Subsequent Uses
Onlyuse high qualitydetergentoil ratedwith APIserviceclassification
SF,SG,SH, or SJ. Selectthe oil's SAEviscositygradeaccordingto
theexpectedoperatingtemperature. F ollowthe chart below.
'Colder -'_
32°F
_Warmer
,.._
Oi! Viscosity Chart
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Althoughmulti-viscosity oils (5W30,10W30,etc.)improvestarting
in cold weather,they will result in increasedoil consumption when
usedabove32°E Checkyourengine oil level morefrequentlyto avoid
possibleenginedamagefrom runninglowon oil. See Figure9.
1.
Checkthe oil levelbeforeeachoperationmakingcertain not
to rub the dipstickalong theinsidewalls of the oil fill tube and
withoutscrewingit in.This would resultin a false dipstick
reading.Refillto FULLmarkon dipstick,if necessary.Capacity
is approximately 18oz. Overfillingwillcause theengine to smoke
profuselyand will resultin poorengine performance.
2.
Replaceoil fill dipstickand tighten.
3.
Keepoil levelat FULL.Runningtheenginewith too little oil can
result in permanentenginedamage.
Gasoline
l Use
care
handlinggasoline,
extremely
extreme
when
Gasolineis
flammableand the vaporsare explosive.Neverfuelmachineindoors
or whilethe engineis hotor running.Extinguishcigarettes,cigars,
pipes,and othersourcesof ignition.
1.
Removefuel cap from thefuel tank.
2.
Makesurethe containerfrom which youwill pour thegasolineis
cleanand freefrom rust or foreignparticles.Neveruse gasoline
that may be stale from long periodsof storagein its container.
Gasolinethat hasbeen sittingfor anyperiod longerthanfour
weeksshouldbe consideredstale.
3.
Fillfuel tank with clean,fresh,unleadedregulargasolineonly. Do
not usegasolinecontainingMETHANOL. R eplacefuelcap.
Useof alcoholblendedfuels (calledgasoholor usingethanolor
methanol)canattract moisturewhich leadsto separation and forma-
tionof acids during storage.Acidic gascan damagethe fuel system
[of an eng ne wh e n storage.
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Figure9
Toavoidengineproblems,thefuel systemshouldbe emptiedbefore
storagefor 30 days or longer.Drainthe gas tank,startthe engine
and let it run untilthe fuel linesand carburetor are empty.Use
freshfuel next season.See STORAGE Instructions for additional
information.
Neveruseengine or carburetorcleanerproductsin the fuel tank or
permanentdamagemayoccur.
Be sureno one otherthan theoperatoris standingnearthe lawn
mowerwhilestartingengineor operatingmower.Neverrun engine
indoorsor in enclosed,poorlyventilatedareas. Engineexhaust
containscarbonmonoxide,an odorlessand deadlygas. Keep hands,
feet, hairand looseclothingawayfrom any movingpartson engine
and lawn mower.
2
TO START ENGINE
1.
Attach sparkplug wireand rubberbootto spark plug.
2.
Gastank shouldbe at least 3/4 full beforestarting.
3.
Pushprimerbutton3 times. Do not primeon hotdays or to restart
a warm engineafter a short shutdown. S ee Figure10.
4.
Standingbehindthe mower,depressthe bladecontroland holdit
againstthe upper handle.See Figure10.
5.
This mowerhastwo separatestartingsystems,electricand recoil.
Electric
Start: Turnignitionkeyto the rightto startthe engine.
Releasethe key after theengine starts.
Recoil Start: Graspstarterhandleand pull rope out slowly
untilengine reachesstartof compressioncycle(rope will pull
slightlyharderat this point). Letthe rope rewindslowly.Pull rope
with a rapid,continuous,full arm stroke.Keeping a firm grip on
the starterhandle,letthe roperewindslowly.

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