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how do i check oil in new snow blower

I know this sounds like a foolish question however the oil is so clear that when I try to check it i'm unable to get a correct reading i've tried in several ways with no luck , do you have any suggestions , I live on the east coast(Boston) and it's only a matter of time before we get hit with snow, i'm also curious when they shipped it over and I had it assembled did they put the minimum amount of oil or the correct amount , any help you can give me i'd really appreciate it, thank you very much !

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Welcome to SBF. You want to make sure you have the correct amount of oil in there for sure. Oil is very clear when its new, but darkens up quickly after use. The surest way I can tell you to be certain is to get out the owner's manual, read it cover to cover, then concentrate on the maintenance section. There you'll find the recommended type of oil and quantity needed to properly fill your snowblower. If you want to be absolutely positive, with no doubt what so ever, drain it, measure what came out and compare it with what the owner's manual says is required. Not only will you be absolutely sure it's filled properly, you'll have the satisfaction of having done it yourself. Also, after reading the owner's manual, you'll get tips about how to properly use and maintain the machine. Whether you do the maintenance yourself, or have it done by a shop, you'll know what needs to be done and when. This will also give you pointers of what to check to make sure your new snowblower has been assembled and set up correctly.

How about sharing the brand and model. When you say you had it shipped and assembled, did you buy it locally there on the east coast?

I'm pretty much retired from the forum thing, but I check in every now and then.
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You should be able to stick it, hold the stick up to the light and see that the oil is more shiny than the stick. It will also make the stick ever so slighty wider in appearance. Maybe you're at the age where you need cheater glasses from Christmas Tree Shops and don't know it, yet. Happens to the best of us. If this doesn't work, take the stick and lay it carefully on a clean paper towel, and see where the oil transfers to the towel and where it doesn't.
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I know this sounds like a foolish question however the oil is so clear that when I try to check it i'm unable to get a correct reading i've tried in several ways with no luck , do you have any suggestions , I live on the east coast(Boston) and it's only a matter of time before we get hit with snow, i'm also curious when they shipped it over and I had it assembled did they put the minimum amount of oil or the correct amount , any help you can give me i'd really appreciate it, thank you very much !
You might want to take the stick, and rub it down a bit with 600 sand paper just enough to take the gloss/shine off the plastic, producing a matte finish. That way, the shine from the oil is easier to see. Don't sand so much that you remove any lines or lettering, and clean it off well before sticking it back in the engine.
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The snow blower is a troy bilt and I bought it online on the lowes web site , i'm very particular with my power equipment etc so I want to do this right, as far as draining it and putting the oil back in i'm not going to do that as i'm apprehensive i'll cause a problem , I wish there was an easier way, clearly there's not , thank you for trying to help me out i'm truly grateful to you guys !

* Maybe this will help- *bwdbrn1* - Model #: 31AH55R5711

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No need to apologize, 911. I had the same experience with a couple new Ariens I got a while back. The dipsticks were virtually impossible to read when the oil was new.
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The snow blower is a troy bilt and I bought it online on the lowes web site , i'm very particular with my power equipment etc so I want to do this right, as far as draining it and putting the oil back in i'm not going to do that as i'm apprehensive i'll cause a problem , I wish there was an easier way, clearly there's not , thank you for trying to help me out i'm truly grateful to you guys !

* Maybe this will help- *bwdbrn1* - Model #: 31AH55R5711
what brand of engine is it???? if it is a new briggs the norm is 28oz. ALOHA from the paradise city.

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I am in the Boston area as well and bought a Troy-Bilt 2410 last year. First off, are you sure there is oil in it ???? the ones that the store builds up *should* have oil in them, but maybe the ones drop-sipped may not.

Even the newest oil should be noticeable on the dip stick. However, if it is that difficult, then I would fully dry the dip stick with a paper towel. then check the oil and lay a small piece of paper towel on the dip stick where the markings are and the oil should be. then presence of oil should be evident on the towel.
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I'm wondering if because you can't see it perhaps its because its too low. Perhaps they didn't put enough oil in to even register on the dipstick. You might want to have someone else have a look at. If all else fails drain the oil then refill it with the correct amount and type as recommended in your owners manual.
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The snow blower is a troy bilt and I bought it online on the lowes web site , i'm very particular with my power equipment etc so I want to do this right, as far as draining it and putting the oil back in i'm not going to do that as i'm apprehensive i'll cause a problem , I wish there was an easier way, clearly there's not , thank you for trying to help me out i'm truly grateful to you guys !

* Maybe this will help- *bwdbrn1* - Model #: 31AH55R5711
Did you try the paper towel trick I wrote about, above? I work on boats and change the oil a lot. I run into your problem from time to time, and the paper towel thing DOES work.
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