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post #1 of 3 Old 07-31-2012, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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2012 Gator 625i oil change

I searched this forum for the answer but couldn't find. I was attempting my first oil change on my new Gator 625i and followed the manual. It described and showed a photo of the location of the plug, passenger side, front near corner of engine. I removed that bolt, and thought it was awfully long for an oil plug. When I removed it there was no oil on it and no oil flowed. My first reaction was horror. Was it somehow plugged up? I looked at the photo again and I had exactly the bolt that was pictured. I looked on the other side and couldn't see an oil plug there either. After sleeping on it I realized that the manual just had to be wrong and made a more determined look for a more logical place the oil would drain from. After I lay down on my back I found it, and it was not on the passenger side at all. It was on the driver side and it wasn't a plug. It was a petcock style drain that is opened by loosening the 10mm head of a bolt.

I will say that I like this style of drain much better than a plug and it is conveniently located. The job will be much easier next time, especially if I remember to watch my head when I get up. Ouch! I am, however, a little upset at the bad information in the manual and wonder why there wasn't an update insert in the manual. I do have to give kudos for the built in funnel that channels the oil flow when you remove the oil filter. It works.

What is not convenient for me is lifting the bed to check the oil. It would be convenient to check if the bed were empty, but mine never is in summer. I am restoring a wetland and controlling for several different kinds of undesirable weeds or grass, so I spray two different kinds of herbicide, Roundup and Forefront R&P, and I always have two pump sprayers in the bed plus the jugs of extra water (25 gallons) I carry. I have to wait until the sprayers are close to empty and then unload all the extra water before I can check the oil level.
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-20-2012, 12:22 PM
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Bingo! Thanks for saving me hours of distress in trying to find the oil drain plug which is on the left side of the engine and NOT visible from the right (passenger) side.
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post #3 of 3 Old 12-09-2012, 07:22 AM
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Thanks for a great tip

Double bingo! I found the same thing - the manual is absolutely wrong on the placement of the oil drain plug. Shame on the writers and shame on the dealers for not pointing this out. I found it the experimental way, same as you, on my 2011 625. I thought maybe it was a new feature for 2011 and the manual wasn't yet updated but looks like the error continued in 2012. I agree it's a great feature with the petcock type drain. No more oil plugs!
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