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post #1 of 14 Old 12-02-2015, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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My father in law just brought by another snowblower to accompany my 5hp power craftsman. It is a 8hp Yard Machine that is in pretty good shape for the $150 he paid for it. I went to drain the oil and it came out tan-ish, I'am guessing this is from moisture but I don't know for sure.

Do you any of you know exactly what that is from to avoid it in the future?
Would running some seafoam with the oil help clear the crankcase up some?

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Yes that is more than likely from moisture. I would replace the oil with clean run the engine for a few minutes and check the dip stick. If the oil shows any indication of moisture i would change it again just to be safe. The engine will take a quart or less and it is cheap insurance to change it out again.
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^ +1. i would change the oil twice after running for a few mins each time.

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Thanks for the reply. Your right an extra quart won't break my bank. Pretty happy with the machine overall.
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Was it stored outside? Missing the heater box? If you haven't already, check the plug for rust, or at least tightness. Picture looks like it's in pretty decent shape, but might want to look it over for flood damage just CYA. I see an addiction coming on Dustin
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As far as I know it was stored inside, I didn't actually go look at it. The guy thought that the auger shaft broke and bought a new blower. The belt had just snapped off, so he sold this one.

I will check the plug tomorrow and the heater box is there.

I also feel an addiction coming on. I like working on these blowers. Can't wait for snow! Did I just say that?

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Believe it or not, I have found frothy latte colored oil under the cap in the oil filler tube in our pickup truck while driving on Interstate 80 in -0F temps in Utah. Apparently a little bit of water even from condensation can change oil to that color. Once the temps warmed up, the water separated from the oil (I assume it was only the oil at the top which was frothy) and the old oil changed back to its regular goldish-black color. Anybody else experience anything like that?
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In really cold weather if you take short trips and then pull your oil fill cap, you can see some tan froth. My son's E430 did this and a call to the dealer found this to be common. Doesn't show up in oil when drained, though. Mechanic told me it's usually on cars that have the oil fill cap on the valve covers, less on ones that use a remote fill tube, but not always.
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Yes, it isn't uncommon to run into what you describe in winter...especially for those that commute short distances in the winter time. Depending on where your oil tube/cap is, driving at 0 degrees it's getting the rush of that cold air where the water condensates.

I use to run into it more with my short commutes in the Twin Cities. In the past, I've just wiped it off the cap. I changed my own oil on the pickup and when I drained the engine oil, it looked normal. Now, if you pull the dipstick and/or drain the oil and all of that is looking tan also....you probably have bigger issues.

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Here's a better pic of the machine jtclays. I would assume if the oil was like this in automobile it would be worse then a blower. All the oil that came out of the blower was tan, not any "normal" colored used oil was mixed in. Ill add some oil in today and run it and drain it.

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