Tacklife pressure washer - weird oil fill

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Folks:

I picked up a Tacklife pressure washer pretty cheap.

The casting is terrible - you can actually see gouges in the head.

The fill hole has a dipstick that - according to the directions anyway - you are not supposed to screw back in to check the level. (Much like a Honda mower). Great in theory - but the stick does not even reach below the fill hole.

I filled it to the spec amount (about a half quart). Oil is pouring out of the fill hole. I used it for less than an hour - and the oil is gray - with metal shavings.

I may email them and ask if the manual is wrong - but not holding out hope.
 
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Change the oil on any new small engine several times or more when new. You have less than an hour, and the oil is gray - time to change it.
Small engines have a lot of breaking in to do in their early life.
I typically change the oil five or 6 times in any new small engine within the first 20 hours until I am satisfied that they are broke in. Then I switch to synthetic oil.
 

Chester11

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The spec for most engines with the oil fill plug low on the crankcase is to fill it until overflow.

So it's funny you say that. There is a fill plug on the other side. (I used the dipstick side to fill). The fill plug appears to be even lower than the dipstick hole.
 
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