Weird Snow-thrower engine problem.
Went out to repair a customer's snow-thrower and found something I've never seen before.
Briggs 8hp engine, customer says he had it running last week, parked it, and now it won't start, and won't crank every time -- i.e. pull start jerks out of your hand, electric start locks up.
I check the oil for starters and find thick, latex-paint consistency, white fluid in the crankcase. It's at least 2x the amount of liquid that's supposed to be in there.
He had a slight problem last year which I fixed - carb was flooding and there was excess gas in the oil, but I
replaced it with a new carb and he used the thrower at least once.
It looks nothing like condensation or gas/oil mix -- this stuff actually is so thick I had to open one of the oil fill plugs on the bottom side and turn the thing sideways to pour it out -- it wouldn't flow out through the rear drain plug.
It had enough surface tension in 40-degree weather to "drizzle" almost like latex paint does when it's poured.
I took a picture -- Will try to figure out how to upload it. I have no idea what it is.
Neighbor/kid playing a joke? I've never seen any condensation like this -- crap was so thick, you felt resistance when pushing the dipstick back in, almost like you were pressing it into pudding.