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#1 middleageddeere OFFLINE  

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Posted June 09, 2012 - 08:13 PM

So, I got that weedeater rider for free a while back and all seemed well even though he said it leaks oil. But I keep filling it up and it keep dissappearing...No puddle on the floor, none on the deck or frame or anywhere. At this point I have left it in the same spot for a number of weeks and put about 3 quarts in it and there isn't any anywhere...Any ideas here? The only thing I thought maybe it was going into the cylinder, but after about a quart disappeared I started it with no issues...

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Posted June 09, 2012 - 08:15 PM

Have you been using it? It could just be burning oil VERY badly. Or maybe its leaking into your fuel?

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Posted June 09, 2012 - 08:21 PM

no not using it...how would I tell if it were leaking into gas?

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Posted June 09, 2012 - 08:24 PM

Have you been using it? It could just be burning oil VERY badly. Or maybe its leaking into your fuel?


Leaking into the fuel seems like the only explanation if it is not being used or if it is not leaking on the ground.
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Posted June 09, 2012 - 08:24 PM

3 quarts!! That's a lot of oil. If you have ever spilled a quart of oil you know just how much of a mess it would make. There is no space in the engine for that much extra oil so it must be burning it or leaking it out. Are there any cavities in the frame that could hold leaked oil? A mystery for sure!!!
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Posted June 09, 2012 - 08:27 PM

no not using it...how would I tell if it were leaking into gas?


Good question! I am not sure exactly. You could pull off the fuel line where it goes to the carb and see if it has anything in it.
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Posted June 09, 2012 - 08:29 PM

I checked everywhere on and in the frame, in the pulleys and under engine (as best I could)...nothing. 3 quarts might be a little excessive, but I kept filling and overfilling just to try to find the leak and nothing!

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Posted June 09, 2012 - 08:33 PM

I checked everywhere on and in the frame, in the pulleys and under engine (as best I could)...nothing. 3 quarts might be a little excessive, but I kept filling and overfilling just to try to find the leak and nothing!


I think if three quarts leaked out, you would know it! There has to be some explanation! Pull your plug out and see if it has excess gunk on it. I think that if it was leaking into the gas it would probably fowl the plug up pretty badly.
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Posted June 09, 2012 - 09:17 PM

I almost would lay money on the fact that if it isn't leaking anywhere, it's got to be burning.

Oil doesn't evaporate well.
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Posted June 09, 2012 - 09:26 PM

Maybe the neighbor is sucking some out for a joke. Honestly I don't have a clue where that much could disappear to.
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Posted June 09, 2012 - 09:28 PM

Maybe the neighbor is sucking some out for a joke. Honestly I don't have a clue where that much could disappear to.


That would be mean! especially if the engine went on him because of it! Although, hmmm... :laughingteeth:
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Posted June 09, 2012 - 09:33 PM

Are you starting it and letting it run? When you do start does it smoke? If so how badly?

Another thought is try draining the oil and measuring how much comes out.
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Posted June 09, 2012 - 10:00 PM

I have run it very briefly but mostly it has just sat. It has been in the same spot during a 2 quart missing period. No smoke, ever. Doesn't start hard at all.

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Posted June 09, 2012 - 10:02 PM

Really seems like if it were burning that much oil that quickly you would be driving around in a large blue cloud.

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Posted June 09, 2012 - 10:20 PM

Really seems like if it were burning that much oil that quickly you would be driving around in a large blue cloud.

Bill


Yeah, but on the upside, no skeeters! ;)
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