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Tecumseh 5.5 hp leaking oil out of left side

Changed the oil a couple weeks ago. Started it today and noticed oil pouring (forget leaking) out of the left side of the engine. Immediately shut it down, checked dip stick and oil level is too high, so I overfilled it. I am using the right oil. A couple of questions if anyone can help:

1. What kind of damage could I have done?

2. Should I change the oil and refill to proper level and start again? Or should I just bring it to a mechanic to be on the safe side?

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-Rob
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Changed the oil a couple weeks ago. Started it today and noticed oil pouring (forget leaking) out of the left side of the engine. Immediately shut it down, checked dip stick and oil level is too high, so I overfilled it. I am using the right oil. A couple of questions if anyone can help:

1. What kind of damage could I have done?

2. Should I change the oil and refill to proper level and start again? Or should I just bring it to a mechanic to be on the safe side?

Thanks for your help!

-Rob
Welcome to SBF there Rob!

Hopefully it was just oil pouring from the crankcase breather.

How much did you overfill by?



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I would drain it to the correct level, remove and clean the spark plug, and run with it.

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Hi Classiccat,

Thanks for the quick reply! Unfortunately, I do not know the exact amount I overfilled it by, but the oil level is past the top of the full on the stick. I used the entire bottle of Ariens 5w-30, so 32 oz was in there before the issues.

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Get a 12 oz soda bottle and stick a funnel in it. Put it under the drain pipe and drain til it's full. You'll be good to go. As Ken said, clean or replace your spark plug. MH

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Everyone,

Thanks for the help, I'll let you know how it goes.

-Rob
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Rob -- the biggest challenge will be putting the drain plug back on while you've got oil coming out! Put a drain pan and newspeper under the drain, so you don't make a mess.....I'm speaking from experience on this point!
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That and don't do it with hot oil !!

Cold oil will drain slower but be easier to cap.

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Thanks for the help, I'll let you know how it goes.

-Rob
I think it's the governor shaft where you got the leak from... ask me how I know
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Rockadode -- I'm interested in hearing more about this possible oil leak from the governor shaft.....may I ask you to share?
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