Lawn Mowers How to Change the Oil in a Snapper Rear Engine Riding Mower

Published on April 28th, 2015 | by Kimberly Myers


How to Change the Oil on a Snapper Rear Engine Riding Mower

Keeping up with regular maintenance for you mower is very important, just like it is with your car!

However, you can save some labor costs by performing an oil change yourself. Here is a step-by-step list to teach you how to change the oil and filter in your Snapper Rear Engine Riding Mower at home!

Be sure to check your owner’s manual for model specific information about what oil and filters you should use on your machine.

Changing the oil and oil filter:

Step 1:

Lower the rear of the engine by placing bricks or wooden blocks under the front wheels of the mower.

Step 2:

Loosen or remove the oil fill cap on the engine.

Step 3:

Place a container with at least a 2 quart capacity under the end of the oil drain to catch the oil.

Step 4:

Remove or open the drain plug (this will depend on your model).

Step 5:

Allow enough time for all of the oil to drain, after all oil has drained replace or close the drain plug and wipe up any spillage.

Step 6:

Remove the oil filter and dispose of properly.

Step 7:

Lightly lubricate the new filters gasket with fresh, clean oil.

Step 8:

Install the oil filter by hand until the gasket contacts the oil filter adapter, then tighten the oil filter ½ to ¾ turns to be sure of a secure fit.

Now continue reading to find out how to add oil to the engine!

Check/ Add Oil:

Step 1:

Be sure the engine is level.

Step 2:

Be sure there are no debris around the oil fill area

Step 3:

Remove the dipstick and wipe with a clean cloth.

Step 4:

Insert and tighten the dipstick

Step 5:

Remove the dipstick and check the level, if the oil reaches the full/f mark it is good to go, if not, continue reading for how to add oil.

Step 5:

Add oil slowly, be sure not to over fill, wait one minute and recheck the level, repeat this process until the dipstick reads “full”.

Step 6:

Replace and tighten the dipstick.


It’s a really easy job to change the oil in your mower on your own, be sure to keep up with the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual to keep you mower running at it’s full potential!


Helpful Hints:

  • After the first 5 hours, change engine oil
  • Every 8 hours or daily, you should check the engine oil level
  • Every 50 hours, or annually- whichever comes first- you should change the engine oil and replace the oil filter
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