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Did a Stupid Thing #5419418 05/02/20 08:43 PM
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I have what was a meticulously maintained Craftsman 23 V-twin Intek lawn tractor. 15 years old didn't use a bit of oil. Today I rolled through some dog $hi* and hosed off the front tire before the engine cooled. I knew I shouldn't do that, but figured the water wasn't hitting the engine block. Apparently it was, because it started leaking oil after I started it.

I'm assuming the is block cracked, but wonder if it could be anything else. If you can think of anything else to check, I'd appreciate it.

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Look carefully for where the oil is coming from. It may not be a cracked block. That would be unusual.

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Pictures of the leaking location???

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I don't know man. My son has washed our tractor down after use and I doubt he let the thing cool.

Maybe the water cleaned off part of the block and dripped down? Kind of a steam clean effect?


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As suggested above, is it really leaking oil? Did the oil level drop? I don't really think hosing off the front wheel will cause an oil leak.


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Re: Did a Stupid Thing [Re: Zaedock] #5419450 05/02/20 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Imp4
Pictures of the leaking location???

Originally Posted by Zaedock
I don't know man. My son has washed our tractor down after use and I doubt he let the thing cool.

Maybe the water cleaned off part of the block and dripped down? Kind of a steam clean effect?


That's what I thought, but the oil is clean and fresh. It pools here before dripping off the frame. Can't see any other place.


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I'd be really surprised if the block cracked because you washed the front tire.


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Originally Posted by zrxkawboy
I'd be really surprised if the block cracked because you washed the front tire.


Me too! Didn't leak a drop before. Oil level stayed the same the whole season.

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I have one, and I think you can get one at Advance or Napa, a UV dye kit would be helpful in this scenario where you can't clearly see the block.


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Make sure that FRAMer DAMMER isn't squirtin oil over there.

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Originally Posted by danez_yoda
Make sure that FRAMer DAMMER isn't squirtin oil over there.


Thanks. I'll check that again tomorrow. I watched that while it was running. It would have to be a fine mist for me not to notice, though.

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I’ve had to do the same thing to my mower with never a problem. Take that tin covering the head off and take a look around.

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Re: Did a Stupid Thing [Re: jkasch] #5419469 05/02/20 09:41 PM
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Does this have an aluminum block? Those aren't as prone to quench cracking as iron blocks are.

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Originally Posted by Kestas
Does this have an aluminum block? Those aren't as prone to quench cracking as iron blocks are.


It's aluminum.

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I have one, it started leaking oil and I thought it was the seal on the bottom.

After several months I thoroughly cleaned everything to look for it.

The crankcase halves bolt together, the bolts had come a bit loose. Tightened all of them and it stopped leaking, a couple years later I needed to do it again.

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