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Oil question for 2410 Chinese engine

I just bought a Troy-Bilt 2410 with a Chinese engine. The tag said "No Oil". Before adding oil, I checked the dipstick to be sure. Sure enough, there was oil in there. The oil touched the tip of the dipstick.

I'm trying to figure out if there is oil in there for factory testing, or my "new" snow blower was previously used. When I bought my lawnmower with briggs engine, the sump was bone dry.

Anyone else have little oil in their snow blower when new?
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I just bought a Troy-Bilt 2410 with a Chinese engine. The tag said "No Oil". Before adding oil, I checked the dipstick to be sure. Sure enough, there was oil in there. The oil touched the tip of the dipstick.

I'm trying to figure out if there is oil in there for factory testing, or my "new" snow blower was previously used. When I bought my lawnmower with briggs engine, the sump was bone dry.

Anyone else have little oil in their snow blower when new?
that was from the factory. run the engine for awhile till it gets hot. then drop it out of there and fill it with your choice of oil. ALOHA to the forms

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It is not rare to have less than ideal oil level at the price point those blowers sell for nevertheless just top it off with regular 5w-30 dino oil and use your blower approx. 5 hrs blowing snow then change your oil and buy good synthetic 5w-30.

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It's the manufacturer's oil from when it was assembled to prevent rust, normally a very lightweight oil. Drain it then return fill it with some conventional oil for the break-in

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It's the manufacturer's oil from when it was assembled to prevent rust, normally a very lightweight oil. Drain it then return fill it with some conventional oil for the break-in
Thank you, Mr. Hawaiian. Will running this lightweight oil mixed with engine oil ruin the engine?


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that was from the factory. run the engine for awhile till it gets hot. then drop it out of there and fill it with your choice of oil. ALOHA to the forms
I like to conserve nonrenewable resources. What will happen if I run this oil for 2 seasons? I have done 3 season oil changes with my Briggs lawnmower engine and it is doing fine after 13 years. I'm new to these Chinese engines.
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A new engine should have the oil changed after a max of 5 hours just go get all the little pieces of dirt and metal from the initial assembly and wear cleaned out of it.

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I like to conserve nonrenewable resources. What will happen if I run this oil for 2 seasons? I have done 3 season oil changes with my Briggs lawnmower engine and it is doing fine after 13 years. I'm new to these Chinese engines.
I commend you on your conservation perspective.
However, the manufacturer's oil isn't exactly ideal for motor use. I'd recommend biting the bullet now and do the drain & fill as previously mentioned, then after the break-in you can get away with infrequent oil changes

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Fruggy you will decide on the frequency of your oil changes but put the best oil for your engine with synthetic 5w-30 and your engine will like you for it.

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I commend you on your conservation perspective.
However, the manufacturer's oil isn't exactly ideal for motor use. I'd recommend biting the bullet now and do the drain & fill as previously mentioned, then after the break-in you can get away with infrequent oil changes
That's true, especially with MTD's cheaply-made oil. Thinking of Synthetic next.

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A new engine should have the oil changed after a max of 5 hours just go get all the little pieces of dirt and metal from the initial assembly and wear cleaned out of it.
True that. Like a new car.


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Fruggy you will decide on the frequency of your oil changes but put the best oil for your engine with synthetic 5w-30 and your engine will like you for it.
I'm thinking Mobil 1 and leaving it in there for 2-3 seasons.
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the manufacturers oil is only used for probably five minutes max to make sure the engine runs and has nothing mechanically wrong, it is a very low viscosity oil, change it
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