|Winterize Lawn and Garden Engines
It's quick and
easy to prevent Springtime
Shops agree that hard
Springtime starting is caused in the Fall.
Lawn Mowers, Weed Wackers,
Snow Blowers, and Garden Tractors
are usually retired for
season by parking them in the corner,
and turning off the Engine.
One season is enough time for
the gasoline to turn "rotten". A condition where it loses its
and makes it less explosive inside the engine. This alone will cause
starting. Several seasons will turn properties of gasoline to "varnish"
or sludge which coats Gas Tanks and Float Bowls, and clogs Fuel
Lines and Carburetors.
It's quick and easy to prevent these
problems: With the engine
remove as much fuel as possible. Then start and idle
the engine until
stops running. This is an indication that the fuel system is empty. If there is a
water/sediment Bowl, remove and clean it. There
will be minimal fuel left to create deposits.
plug and allow the warm oil to drain into a recycling container.
the engine with fresh oil according to the Owner's Manual.
Then remove the old Spark Plug
and put a half-teaspoon of oil in the hole. An oil can or
works well for this. Insert a straw into Motor Oil. Then put a finger
the top of the straw. Put the bottom of the straw in the spark plug
and release your finger. The oil will flow out of the straw and into
cylinder. Then s-l-o-w-l-y pull the starter rope two times. This will
the internal parts with a film of oil. This is most effective if the
Spark Plug hole is held straight up.
Replace the spark plug with a
new one. Remove the Air Cleaner and clean or replace it,
according to the Manufacturers' instructions.
Next season the Engine should start on the first
It is normal for the engine to smoke for a minute,
because of the oil you put in the Spark Plug hole.
It may be a good idea to hang your Machine above the ground
to prevent Mice from doing their many destructive acts.
Burger King does not mind
if you take a Soda Straw home.
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