Why's my snowblower have 2 oil fill caps? - Snowblower Forum : Snow Blower Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 13 Old 10-24-2016, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Ontario
Posts: 13
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 0
Why's my snowblower have 2 oil fill caps?

Hello all,

I just bought my first snow blower so I know nothing about them.

My snow blower appears to have two identical oil fill caps. See attached pics. According to the engine manual, the one on the same side as the dipstick is the oil fill hole. The manual makes no mention of the second one. In fact, the engine pictured in my manual seems to have some subtle differences from my engine, for one thing it has no second oil fill hole like mine does.

Is the second one just another way to fill the oil? In which case, why would they design 2 separate oil fill holes? Or is it for some other type of fluid?
CrashMcWipeout is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 Old 10-24-2016, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Ontario
Posts: 13
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 0
Hmm I can't figure out how to add attachments to my post, I wanted to attach a picture of my engine.
CrashMcWipeout is offline  
post #3 of 13 Old 10-24-2016, 04:29 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: buffalo ny suburbs
Posts: 37
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 3
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 4
Quote:
Originally Posted by CrashMcWipeout View Post
Hmm I can't figure out how to add attachments to my post, I wanted to attach a picture of my engine.
i believe you will not be able to post pictures until you get like 10 posts or more. it's in the rules ( i am a noob to this forum also so this this problem came up with me)
jbdesigns is offline  
post #4 of 13 Old 10-24-2016, 04:39 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: NY
Posts: 19
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 2
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 1
What's the make and model of the snowblower and engine that you have?
linksbox is offline  
post #5 of 13 Old 10-24-2016, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Ontario
Posts: 13
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 0
It's the 24" PowerSmart 212cc from Home Depot. There is no name on the engine.

On the engine manual, it says 200F(D)S and 210F(D)S. The snow blower came with 2 manuals, one for the snow blower and one for the engine.
CrashMcWipeout is offline  
post #6 of 13 Old 10-24-2016, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Ontario
Posts: 13
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by jbdesigns View Post
i believe you will not be able to post pictures until you get like 10 posts or more. it's in the rules ( i am a noob to this forum also so this this problem came up with me)
Thanks, I made 10 posts but still don't seem to have the option to add an attachment which is unfortunate because it would really help if I could show what my engine looks like.
CrashMcWipeout is offline  
post #7 of 13 Old 10-24-2016, 05:11 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: NY
Posts: 19
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 2
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 1
Looking at the homedepot website i don't see two oil fill caps in the picture.
There is Yellow oil fill, red gas fill on one side of the engine.
Where is the second oil fill on your machine?
linksbox is offline  
post #8 of 13 Old 10-24-2016, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Ontario
Posts: 13
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 0
Aha after logging out and back in, I now see the attachments option.

Here are pics of my engine.

The engine pictured on the machine on HD's website appears to be slightly different. I'm guessing the company that makes them does small revisions to them and every batch HD receives is slightly different.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20161024_151047985.jpg
Views:	188
Size:	192.4 KB
ID:	90858   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20161024_151104603.jpg
Views:	192
Size:	198.6 KB
ID:	90866  
CrashMcWipeout is offline  
post #9 of 13 Old 10-24-2016, 06:03 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: nova scotia-south shore - ave annual snowfall 199.4 cm ( 78.5 ")
Posts: 2,325
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 73
Thanks (Received): 157
Likes (Given): 369
Likes (Received): 598
Garage
those engines.....and many others are used on many different pieces of equipment , and in many configurations , its easier for the manufacturer to put the fill plugs on both sides than to build equipment specific blocks. for your machine.....i would just put oil down the dipstick tube until its at the proper level .

24 " 1967? Ariens Sno thro
28 " Ariens Sno Tek
Toro CCR ss
1966 Gravely LI Walk behind with dog eater

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
nwcove is online now  
post #10 of 13 Old 10-24-2016, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Ontario
Posts: 13
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by nwcove View Post
those engines.....and many others are used on many different pieces of equipment , and in many configurations , its easier for the manufacturer to put the fill plugs on both sides than to build equipment specific blocks. for your machine.....i would just put oil down the dipstick tube until its at the proper level .
That makes a lot of sense, thanks.

I did fill it thru the dipstick tube, as both oil fill holes are located at awkward angles requiring a funnel with a long bendy nose, which I don't have. Filling with dipstick tube is much easier, though it gets the tube oily so I had to wait for the oil to settle to get a proper reading on the dipstick.
CrashMcWipeout is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Snowblower Forum : Snow Blower Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome