Lawn Mower: smoking! please help
Okay so I bought my Toro lawn mower last November. I used it once and then covered it up and waited for summer. Summer came and I have used the lawn mower about 5 times. Well this weekend I was using it and smoke started coming out of the holes of the metal panel on the side of the lawn mower. I know I should have changed the oil, not stored it with gas in it, used a gas stabilizer or something. All of which I read in the manual last night. Too little; too late right. So now I dont know what to do to fix the problem. I'm scared I may have ruined a $500 lawn mower. So any ideas of why its smoking?? Should I change the filter or maybe the spark plug or buy a gas stabilizer or change the oil?? Or just bite the bullet and take it to a shop?
also anyone know why you are supposed to change the oil after only two hours the first time you use it? What happens if you dont, can you ruin the engine? I checked the oil and it looks clear and its not over filled or anything....