Of all the maintenance done to your Cub Cadet equipment, engine oil maintenance is the most important. Checking, changing and using the proper crankcase oil are extremely important to the life and performance of your machine. Failure to use the correct oil and keep it clean can affect engine life and reliability.
The most important scheduled oil change over the life of an engine is the first one. Most manufacturers recommend performing the oil change after the first 5-10 hours of use. This helps flush out small particles that accumulate naturally during the break-in period.
Refer to your Cub Cadet owner’s manuals for viscosity, grades and time intervals for oil changes. Different machines require different oil and it is important to pay special attention to those recommendations in small engines.
A small engine uses engine oil to help keep it cool in high temperatures, so pay attention to maintenance when operating in those conditions. Check the engine oil before each use, checking for both proper oil level and for color.
Be sure to use high-quality detergent oil that has the American Petroleum Institute (API) rating. When changing engine oil allow ample time for a complete drainage.
When engine oil is new, it has a golden amber color. Over time, heat and dirt particles cause the oil to darken. Combustion byproducts, contaminants, and oxidized lubricant build up to form sludge, which will cause the oil color to darken. Dark oil is a good indicator for an oil change.
Engine oil maintenance is not the only maintenance that keeps your Cub Cadet equipment in working condition.
Other important maintenance includes air filter maintenance, gasoline maintenance, and spark plug maintenance. If you want your Cub Cadet lawn mower, snow blower, and other outdoor power equipment to operate properly for years, stay on top of regular maintenance.