My Craftsman GS6500 riding lawnmower with 54" deck occasionally spews white smoke while mowing in 3rd gear, why?
Craftsman model GS6500, 54" mower deck, 26 HP Kohler Pro engine. I did a small test on a hunch and it doesn't seem to blow smoke when I mow in 6th gear...I didn't try them all. I couldn't detect any distinct smell from the smoke, but it seemed a sweet rather than acrid. It started last season after I changed the oil at 50 hours of use....not sure how I could have screwed that up since it was literally drain old oil, take off old filter, put new filter on, fill with Craftsman oil recommended by the Sears guy. Today it was spewing a lot more smoke than it ever had before, and much more frequently. At the end of last season I figured it was just a spot of oil might have dripped onto the engine, but that's not the case since it's been thuroughly washed since then. I smelled the oil that's in there, and it smells slightly like fuel, but I'm not sure if that's normal for the type of oil used either....thoughts???
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