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Does this Youtube expert describe the Wrong way to check the oil level on my AX 254?

My Deluxe 24 came overfilled according to the manual. If I rested the cap on the fill tube it read correctly but if I screwed the cap down to take my reading it was well over the full indicator. I thought it was just a quick and dirty fill job by the tech at CDA Tractors but this guy does it wrong too according to the engine book that came with my machine.

This guy sounds like he knows what he's doing but when I read the engine manual that came with my SB it reads...

"Insert the dipstick into the filler neck and turn clockwise until fully seated. Then remove the dipstick by turning it counter-clockwise. Check the oil level shown on the dipstick.(179/208/254cc only)."

I have a '16 Deluxe 24 and it looks like his 28 has the same 254cc engine I have.

If I'm missing something please let me know. I'm doing my first oil change today and want to make sure I'm doing it right.

The part about the dipstick is at about 1:45.

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Eric, if your Owner's Manual says to screw it all the way down to check the level, that's what you fly with.

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Eric, if your Owner's Manual says to screw it all the way down to check the level, that's what you fly with.
How right you are!

I just finished the oil change the way the manual says to do it. When I first got the machine I drained 2 3/4 oz of oil out of it to get it down to the full mark as per the manual. Today I drained it completely and there were almost exactly 20 oz in it. I refilled it with 20 oz of fresh oil as listed in the manual and the dipstick reads exactly "Full" when screwed down tight. If I do the lightly resting the cap on the fill tube like shown in the video it reads "Add."
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This is very interesting. I always screwed it all the way down on my old Tecumsehs. Now I'm wondering - is that what you're supposed to do in general?

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How right you are!

I just finished the oil change the way the manual says to do it. When I first got the machine I drained 2 3/4 oz of oil out of it to get it down to the full mark as per the manual.
How did you drain the 2 and 3/4oz's?
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How did you drain the 2 and 3/4oz's?
I just unscrewed the cap to where the oil started to drain, let a little drain and then capped it back up. Then I checked the level the way the manual described and drained a little more until it read Full. I checked the level the next day to make sure I had it right.
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seriously. Does an 1/8" really matter anyway? Of course not.
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seriously. Does an 1/8" really matter anyway? Of course not.
Thanks for letting me know.
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Thanks for letting me know.
no problem. Don't sweat little things like that. I know guys who don't even change or check oil in their small engines for years. And they run forever
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seriously. Does an 1/8" really matter anyway? Of course not.
Except it could be a lot more than 1/8 of an inch..
The threads on the cap on the video look pretty deep, the yellow cap is thick:



which means just resting the cap, versus screwing it all the way down, could be 3/4 of an inch, maybe even close to an inch in some cases, depending on the cap design. So the difference between the two methods could be significant.

The moral is: just do what the manual says! disregard videos, or anything else, if they contradict the manual.
the manual always wins.

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