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elginman 03-16-2012 09:06 PM

Gasoline left in snowthrower
 
I still have some gasoline left in my snowthrower. Should I burn it off, or can I let it stay in the machine over the summer. Thanks

elginman 03-16-2012 09:09 PM

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Originally Posted by elginman (Post 879137)
I still have some gasoline left in my snowthrower. Should I burn it off, or can I let it stay in the machine over the summer. Thanks


Ravenworks 03-16-2012 09:43 PM

Either burn it of until the engine dies,or add Stabil and fill the tank full to the top.
I always empty my power equipment and fog the engine.

user1007 03-16-2012 10:19 PM

I would drain it either by pulling the fuel line or burning it off. I always pulled the spark plug and cleaned and gapped it and sprayed a bit of WD40 into the opening. Replace the plug. Clean or replace any filters. Drain and change the oil when it is warm. Hose or powerwash off any salt and such. You will be good to go next winter.

DrHicks 03-16-2012 10:58 PM

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Originally Posted by elginman (Post 879137)
I still have some gasoline left in my snowthrower. Should I burn it off, or can I let it stay in the machine over the summer. Thanks

If this is a 2-cycle, with oil mixed in the gas, I'd get it out of the tank. It'll gum up your carb.

If it's a regular 4-cycle engine, it probably won't be a problem.

Ravenworks 03-17-2012 12:02 AM

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Originally Posted by sdsester (Post 879208)
I I always pulled the spark plug and cleaned and gapped it and sprayed a bit of WD40 into the opening.

WD40 is good for the threads on the head,however WD40 is a VERY BAD thing to spray into a cylinder as it will wash away what little oil causing rust on the valves and cylinder walls.
A tablespoon of oil would be good,I always have a can of fogging oil so that is why I use it.

user1007 03-17-2012 08:35 AM

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Originally Posted by DrHicks (Post 879239)
If it's a regular 4-cycle engine, it probably won't be a problem.

I would argue only if it is full and I don't like storing more fuels than necessary. If the tank is only partially full, condensation can form and drip into the tank. The machine will sputter when you try to start it next winter and you will end up draining it anyhow.

2 cycle mixes of oil and gas most definitely have to be drained or burned off.

DrHicks 03-17-2012 08:46 AM

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Originally Posted by sdsester (Post 879395)
I would argue only if it is full and I don't like storing more fuels than necessary. If the tank is only partially full, condensation can form and drip into the tank. The machine will sputter when you try to start it next winter and you will end up draining it anyhow.

Or, if it's like my 40-year old John Deere 826 snowblower, the gas just kind of finds places to leak out & I never have to drain the tank. :)


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