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Why is my new rider mower blowing out white smoke?

I just bought a Craftsman Briggs and Stratton rider mower (model # 917289210). I took it out into the lawn for its first ride and it was blowing out a lot of white smoke. I checked the oil level and it was fine.

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Mark T
A new tractor will smoke a little when it is started for the first time. The muffler has oil on it from manufacturing. The smoke should taper off after a few minutes.

If the tractor does not stop smoking, there is a problem with the engine. White or blue smoke is caused from burning oil. Make sure to check the oil when the tractor is on a level surface. If the dipstick shows full, I recommend checking the air filter. If the air filter is clean, I recommend the tractor be service by a technician. The phone number for setting up service is 1-800-469-4663.

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Here is a link to order any parts you need.

Sears Parts Direct

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by Mark T Earned 1,649 community points in Craftsman
July 26th, 2010
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