SERVICING YOUR TORO LAWN MOWER
Run the engine for a few minutes to warm oil. Warm oil drains quickly and completely.
- Shut off the engine.
- Prior to performing maintenance, disconnect the spark-plug wire from the spark plug and remove the Key/electric-start button (electric-start model only) before performing any maintenance procedure.
- Wear gloves and eye protection when servicing the machine.
- Blades are sharp and can result in personal injury. Wear gloves and do not contact blades at sharp edges.
- Fuel is flammable and explosive. Run the engine dry to remove fuel or drain fuel.
- Tipping the machine with the dipstick side to the ground and the air filter upward. This reduces the chance of any fuel leaks.
- Disconnect the spark-plug wire from the spark plug
Replace spark plug
- Remove the spark plug with a torque wrench
- spin the engine rapidly by pulling the recoil-start handle to blow the excess oil from the cylinder.
- Install the new spark plug and tighten it with a torque wrench to 20 N∙m (15 ft-lb).
NOTE: LEAVE SPARK PLUG WIRE DISCONNECTED WHILE PERFORMING NEXT STEPS.
Changing the Engine Oil Service
- Engine oil capacity: 0.5 L (19 fl. oz) Oil viscosity: SAE 30 or SAE 10W-30 detergent oil API service classification: SJ or higher
- Remove the dipstick by rotating the cap counterclockwise and pulling it out
- Drain the used oil from the oil-fill tube
- After draining the used oil, return the machine to the operating position.
- Carefully pour about 3/4 of the engine capacity of oil into the oil-fill tube.
- Wait about 3 minutes for the oil to settle in the engine
- Wipe the dipstick clean with a clean cloth.
- Insert the dipstick into the oil-fill tube, then remove the dipstick.
- Read the oil level on the dipstick Full 3. Low 2. High
- If the oil level on the dipstick is too low, carefully pour a small amount of oil into the oil-fill tube, wait 3 minutes, and repeat steps 7 through 9 until the oil on the dipstick is at the correct level.
- Install the dipstick securely.
- Recycle the used oil properly.
Replacing the Blade Service
Important: You will need a torque wrench to install the blade properly. If you do not have a torque wrench or are uncomfortable performing this procedure, contact a professional.
WARNING The blade is sharp; contacting the blade can result in serious personal injury. Wear gloves when servicing the blade.
- Tip the machine onto its side with the air filter up.
- Use a block of wood to hold the blade steady
- Remove the blade, saving all mounting hardware
- Install the new blade and all mounting hardware
- Use a torque wrench to tighten the blade bolt to 82 N∙m (60 ft-lb). Important: A bolt torqued to 82 N∙m (60 ft-lb) is very tight. While holding the blade with a block of wood, put your weight behind the ratchet or wrench and tighten the bolt securely. This bolt is very difficult to overtighten.
Replacing the Air Cleaner
- Press down on the latch tabs on top of the air-cleaner cover
- Open the cover.
- Remove the paper air filter and the foam pre-filter
- Remove dirt from the air cleaner body and cover using a moist rag (to trap the dirt and keep it from falling into the engine). Do not wipe dirt into the air duct.
- Insert the foam pre-filter and the paper air filter into the air cleaner.
- Install the cover.
Adjusting the Self-Propel Drive
NOTE: New models feature an adjustment knob. Older models feature a special nut near the personal pace control.
- Turn the adjustment knob/nut counterclockwise to loosen the cable adjustment
- Adjust the tension on the cable by pulling it back or pushing it forward and holding that position.
Note: Push the cable toward the engine to increase the traction; pull the cable away from the engine to decrease the traction.
- Turn the adjustment knob/nut clockwise to tighten the cable adjustment.
Lubricating the Wheel Gears (Super Recycler Models ONLY)
- Wipe the grease fittings just inside the rear wheels with a clean
- Install a grease gun onto each fitting and gently apply 2 or 3 pumps of #2 multi-purpose, lithium-base grease.
NOTE: CONNECT SPARK PLUG WIRE AND TEST OPERATIONS.