If your equipment does not start or has running issues after it has been sitting for more than a month the problem is often related to deteriorated fuel. Gasoline from the pump will start to deteriorate in as little as 30 days and can cause varnish deposits in your fuel system. Fuel stabilizers will help prolong the fuels life but there is still a very good chance that you will have problems. Also draining or siphoning out your tank is not helping your there is still fuel in the carburetor and fuel lines.
Please fallow these steps when storing your equipment to help avoid fuel related problems.
The vast majority of equipment we see come in for service at the beginning of each season are for fuel related problems. Ethanol is the number one culprit for these problems.
What happens is, since gas at the pump contains 10% ethanol and ethanol is hygroscopic which means it absorbs water. Ethanol will absorb water out of the atmosphere causing water to build up in the fuel system. Ethanol is also a very good but bad solvent causing problems with gaskets, float needle and seats, diaphragms etc.
Tips for Storing Equipment and Virtually Eliminating Carburetor Issues
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