| >| Claudia,
| >| Not trying to be a smart patoot, but do you have the manual?
| >| Sometimes they are available online, even for the older mowers and if
| >| the engine is made by B& S or somebody, you could probably call or
| >| e-mail and get a copy...
| >| Anyway, point is, some mowers use oil in the air filter, like the old
| >| oil bath air filters used in old (i.e. pre-1960) cars. Briggs &
| >| Stratton's larger engines, for instance, have a paper air filter, and
| >| a sponge foam pre-cleaner. You saturate the pre-cleaner with oil to
| >| help clear all the Yeck!Ptooey! out before the air hits the paper
| >| filter.
| >Yes, I have the manual, and I also consulted B&S web site for more
| >information. Since my air filter is a paper pleated version it seemed to
| >that it shouldn'g be soaked with oil. None of the information that I
| >come across mentions this. For the foam filter, yes, I understand and it
| >documented as in need of being oiled before using it.
| >I just wanted to find out if a paper filter that is soaked with oil (and
| >shouldn't) is an indication that there is something wrong. I sense there
| >(i.e. rings, whatever that means).
| Are you sure you didnt flip the mower on it's side, or upside down?
| If not, throw a new set of rings in it. It's not all that hard on
| those mower engines.
What do you mean "throw a new set of rings in it." Is this a job that
someone with average mechanical aptitude can do? Where are those rings? I
imagine in the engine somewhere. How do you get there? The Briggs &
Stratton web site is silent on this subject - it keeps telling me to take it
to a qualified service center. Lots of questions as you can see from a
woman on a very tight budget, but willing to fix things herself. So don't
tell me to throw a new set of rings in it, and leave me hanging. <g>