Proper and timely oil changes are essential for maintaining the optimal performance of your riding lawn mower’s engine and extending its overall lifespan. Discover the step-by-step process of changing the oil in your Cub Cadet riding lawn mower by watching this instructional video. Please note that the instructions in this video may slightly differ from those in your operator’s manual, depending on your specific mower model.
Step 1: Get your riding mower ready for maintenance by placing it on a level, flat surface. Ensure that the engine is turned off and has cooled down. Safely disconnect the spark plug ignition wire, remove the ignition key, and engage the parking brake. These precautions prevent accidental start-ups that could potentially pose risks to you or those in your vicinity.
Step 2: Position a piece of cardboard beneath the work area to catch any oil drips or spills.
Step 3: Utilize an approved oil basin to catch the used oil as it drains from the engine.
Step 4: Thoroughly clean the oil fill and drain areas using a shop towel or rag. This prevents debris from contaminating the engine during the oil change process.
Step 5: Remove the dipstick and align the drain hose over the oil basin. Carefully loosen the drain plug to initiate the drainage of oil from the engine.
Step 6: Allow the engine oil to fully drain from the mower.
Step 7: Once the oil has drained, securely reinstall the drain plug.
Step 8: Using an oil filter wrench, gently unthread and remove the old oil filter from the engine.
Step 9: Thoroughly clean the surrounding area of the engine to remove any spilled oil.
Step 10: Prior to installation, apply a small amount of oil to the seal of the new oil filter. This aids in the installation process.
Step 11: By hand, carefully thread the new oil filter onto the engine. Avoid overtightening.
Step 12: Use your oil filter wrench to securely fasten the oil filter. Avoid over-tightening.
Step 13: Select the oil recommended by the engine manufacturer and fill the engine to the prescribed levels.
Step 14: Reinsert the dipstick and verify that the engine’s oil levels are within the appropriate range.
Step 15: Clean any spilled oil and ensure proper disposal of the used oil at an approved facility.
Step 16: Reconnect spark plug ignition wires