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I'm with cranman, just put the cap back on it. Your only draining it once a year, if that, .... as I use 5W30 Full Synthetic in all my equipment, and with as many blowers as I have, lol ... I struggle to get a workout on all of them in a year ... a nice hobby of mine ...:)
 

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Can I just get a cap nut at Home Depot which matches the threads or I need to buy the exact part online? It's part number 30969
 

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Get the brass bolt to plug it with. I would probably take the valve off and replace it with a newer oil drain valve because it could leak from the valve lever if it was a water valve. Water valves were not designed to withstand the heat and vibration that comes with running a small engine.
 

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Get the brass bolt to plug it with. I would probably take the valve off and replace it with a newer oil drain valve because it could leak from the valve lever if it was a water valve. Water valves were not designed to withstand the heat and vibration that comes with running a small engine.
That's exactly whats happening. It's leaking from the bottom of the valve handle. I noticed the valve being oily and over the summer enough of it dropped out which caused the oil level to drop.
 

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It's pipe threads, all standard, 1/4"? 3/8"? I buy black (bare, untreated) or galvanized and paint it rather than buy brass. I'm cheap.
 

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Looks like the biggest problem is they used a bolt to try and seal Pipe threads. I agree with taking the valve and wrong bolt off, then just putting a black iron pipe cap on it, with teflon tape.

GLuck, Jay
 

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Looks like the biggest problem is they used a bolt to try and seal Pipe threads. I agree with taking the valve and wrong bolt off, then just putting a black iron pipe cap on it, with teflon tape.

GLuck, Jay
Most likely the valve would open while it was running so they added a bolt.
 

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@Malisha,


Nice job ... :)


Now all you need is a pair of XTrac tires to replace those turf tires, and your in business ... :)
 

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@Malisha,


Nice job ... /forum/images/smilies/smile.gif


Now all you need is a pair of XTrac tires to replace those turf tires, and your in business ... /forum/images/smilies/smile.gif
Yeah maybe but I don't get that much snow in NYC.
 

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Most likely the valve would open while it was running so they added a bolt.


Correct.... That is a common safety measure, IF done correctly. The valve should have Pipe Threads...... So IF they installed a Pipe Plug, that would give the added safety measure if the valve opened, and will not leak, as the parts would have matching threads.


GLuck, Jay
 

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Most likely the valve would open while it was running so they added a bolt.

Correct.... That is a common safety measure, IF done correctly. The valve should have Pipe Threads...... So IF they installed a Pipe Plug, that would give the added safety measure if the valve opened, and will not leak, as the parts would have matching threads.
And that's why I suggested a proper, locking valve in Post 2: https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum/1677511-post2.html
 
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