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Lawn mower oil overflow

I have a Craftsman self-propelled lawn mower with a 725 series Briggs and Stratton engine, model # 917.370920. I bought the mower in May and have been using it every weekend for the past 2 months. Two out of the last three times I have used it, the oil cap came off and oil overflowed all over the place. The first time this happened, the oil level was the result of the supplied bottle of oil only and was the same it had been for over a month during which there were no incidents. The second time this happened, I check the oil right before using the mower, and the level was midway between MIN and MAX. Each time this has occurred within the first 10 minutes of mowing, but I was then able to finish mowing the rest of the lawn (about 2 hours) without any problems. Can you think of any possible reasons why this might be happening?

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Joseph Perez
An oil leak is something that should be repaired quickly to avoid making a mess. I am sorry for the inconvenience and I did manage to find a link that will provide you with some good information on what may be causing the oil leak. I hope this helps in getting the oil leak fixed while you wait for your expert response.
by Joseph Perez Earned 1,551 community points in Craftsman
July 19th, 2012
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