I have a question. I'm new to mowing grass. Today I was mowing my lawn
mower and it cut off. I checked the oil and gas. They were both low. So I
added more gas and more oil (type 30) and when I started up my lawn mower
after walking about 2 yards smoke started coming out of the little round
thingy. I guess that is the blower or engine. It has a bunch of holes and
is silver and was really hot. Did I add the wrong oil or is there
something else wrong? I know I put the oil and gas in the right holes. Did
I add too much oil? Can anyone help me? Or is this a problem that I need to
take to a shop? Thanks for your help.
You either added too much oil, or tipped the mower the wrong
way at some point. If the latter, it will stop smoking after a few
Does it have a dipstick? If so check the oil level - Take the dipstick out,
wipe it clean, put it back in all the way, take it out again. Holding
it level, the oil line should be between the two lines on the dipstick.
The mower should be on a level spot when doing this.
Are you sure you used the right oil? For a 4-cycle engine, 30W
would be OK, but if it's a 2-cycle engine with an oil reservioir,
that requires a different type of oil that is NOT the same as
It sounds like you used automotive oil in a 2-cycle engine.
Don't just "try it", you'll have to figure out what it needs.
Usually there will be a label nearby. Otherwise, ask someone,
maybe a neighbor?
With a brand, model, size, etc., it's possible someone here could
tell you. Get all the info off the plates you can find and post
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