Apart from being a software guy and musician I enjoy doing things with my hand.

In other words => I’m a big DIY (Do It Yourself) guy.  

In this blog I’ve shared my experience doing routine maintenance  on my Cub Cadet mower.

Fall 2018 Maintenance

Just completed a routine oil change on my lawn mower which also by the serves as my snow blower in winter months – it has a snow blower attachment (separate blog on how that change over is done).

In this article I’ve recorded the steps I did to perform my routine maintenance on the machine.

Air Filter

The air filter gets a lot of dirt on it after a few hours of mowing and it really gets bad if the mower is used for detaching or similar activity.  The first step was to open the hood and spot the air filter cover. Simply had to undo the nut on top of the filter hood.

The air filter is a combination of a green sponge like material and a metal ring inside it. 

Had a lot of debris on it. To remove it I had to remove the fly nut on top of the brass part and then simply lifted it and it came out !!

Cleaned the area with a brush and then wiped it clean with a cloth. Then got the new air filter part which I had purchased from Amazon. Placed it in the same spot. Reversed the same steps..to put it all back.


Oil Change

First I had to get the existing oil of the machine. To do that I simply found the oil exit tube that comes out of the engine block and to the front of the mower. (See arrow). Then placed a container below the mower. Opened the nut at the end of the tube. (the first time I did it this was one tight nut but subsequently it became easy).  The let the oil happily drip away into the container. It drips very slow and can take about 30 mins.

After the oil dripped out then took the oil filter out and cleaned that area.

The new filter that had to be put in looked identical to the one I just removed. It had instructions on that to do.

After the Oil Filter the next thing to do was to get the new oil into the engine. The oil used was what Kohler recommends for all their engines again sourced from Amazon.com 

Filled in 2 Quarts ( Quart – some silly ancient American measure maybe measured by how much beer an average dude should drink every day ?).

Closed the chamber with its provided yellow cap and thats it – DONE !!

Fuel Filter

The next step as part of the typical maintenance was to change the fuel filter. This one is actually the easiest but had to take care so as to not spill any fuel on myself. The fuel filter sits along the fuel line that runs from the back of the mower to the engine. Its literally held by 2 clips that can be pressed (with the right tool off course) and slid out. Slip in the new filter and put it back .. it takes all of 2 minutes maximum.

Spark Plugs

This mower has 2 spark plugs on either side of the engine. It was again one of the simplest and cheapest steps but one of the most important to get good combustion in the engine.

Undid the contact wire, used the right socket wrench to remove the spark plug and removed the old spark plug. 

Put in the new spark plug, tightened it just to the right amount and put the contact wire (cap) on. Repeat the same thing on the other side for the spark plug #2.  Took no more than 5 minutes maximum for both sides combined. Thats all.  DONE !

Grease Points

There are a few points in the mower where adding grease is highly recommended. These are generally concealed and the manufacturer provides grease application ports. The easiest way is to get a grease gun (Home Depot or Lowes) and standard industrial grease (Lower Temperature rating for the cold weather place) and load the grease into the grease gun.  

I used my grease gun which I had pre-loaded grease into a while ago. Simply cleaned out the grease ports with a cloth and then applied new additional grease just enough to see some grease squeeze out from the gaps..That means that the internal chambers are full of grease and there won’t be too much wear and tear. (I think so !). There are actually atleast half a dozen such grease ports in this mower.  Some are harder to reach than others. 

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