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Bonehead mistake with oil change

This fall I changed the oil on my son's 2015 Ariens Platinum 24 SHO (369cc) and didn't notice there must have been a washer behind the oil drain plug (I drained it from the right side). A few days later I noticed a washer laying on the floor where I had his blower parked and thought it was odd.

Today I changed the oil on my 2015 Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO (306cc) and immediately recognized it had a washer behind the drain plug so I'm sure that newly discovered washer came from my son's drain plug.

Question: is it possible to tilt my son's blower into a position where I can remove the drain plug without losing oil (or minimize oil loss)? Will tilting it onto the bucket in the service position prevent oil from leaking out once I remove his drain plug?

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If it is not leaking just stick the washer back in next year. No one will ever know.

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Is his machine leaking around the drain plug?

If not, why not just hang on to the washer and reinstall it when you next change the oil?

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I'll ask him to verify that....I just figured it would naturally leak without the washer. Engineers put it there for a reason, I thought. Then again, I've had lots and lots of small engines that didn't use a washer on the drain plug.
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take out the plug and reinstall it. its more then likely there to prevent damage(specifically indentations) to the cast aluminum block in case some body over tightens it
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Might be a two man job but have someone tilt it so the plug is up and you shouldn't lose a drip. I'd do it now simply because I know me and by spring or it's next oil change I'll have lost the gasket.

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I wouldn't want to lose the washer until next time I change the snow. I would stand it on the auger, you shouldn't lose any oil.

In cars these washers are compressible aluminium that are meant to be used once.

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Just tilt it up on the front of the auger housing and remove and install the washer. Its designed to be a crush washer, to prevent leaking.




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I have a winter 2015/2016 model Platinum 24 SHO with the LCT Gen 3 engine. Mine does not have a washer on the oil drain plug. You can watch a YouTube vid I did on changing the oil on this machine, the link is under my forum signature. I believe our machines have the same motor, that is strange.

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