Regular oil changes are essential to keeping your mower’s engine in working condition and will maximize its lifespan. To keep your Cub Cadet running smoothly and efficiently, follow these steps to change the oil in your machine.
Before performing any maintenance on your , refer to your owner’s manual for recommended maintenance and safety information. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your riding lawn mower model our instructions may vary slightly. Check your owner’s manual to get instructions specific to your model, including information about the recommended oil type.
Begin by parking your mower on a flat, level surface. Turn the engine off and allow it to cool, remove the ignition key, disconnect the spark plug ignition wire to prevent accidental starting, and engage the parking brake.
Place a piece of cardboard under your mower to catch oil drips and use an oil basin to catch the old oil when it is drained from the engine.
Remove the dip stick from the oil fill tube and drain the oil and allow the engine oil to completely drain. If your Cub Cadet has an oil filter, replace it with a new one. Use an oil filter wrench to unthread the oil filter from the engine. Use a rag to clean the area around the engine of any spilled oil.
Replace the oil filter and add a little oil to the seal of the new oil filter to help with the install. Use your hand to thread the new oil filter onto the engine. Do not overtighten. Use your oil filter wrench to snug the fit but do not overtighten.
Add new oil to your Cub Cadet riding lawn mower. Use the oil recommended by the engine manufacturer and fill to the recommended levels. Replace the dip stick and check the engine oil levels.
Check the oil level with the dip stick. Depending on where it reads, you may need to add more oil. When checking the oil with the dip stick, place the dip stick into the oil and push it all the way down. Remove the dip stick, clean it with your rag, and place it in the oil one more time to check the oil level.
Reconnect the spark plug wire and your maintenance is done.
Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for maintenance.