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Draining fuel from snowblower/lawn mower for storage

When readying outdoor power equipment for long term storage I prefer to empty the tank and carb totally rather than add a stabilizer. In order to leave everything bone dry for storage I run the engine when the tank is almost empty waiting for it to begin to sputter then push the primer button steadily until the engine stops, draining and burning every drop. I usually give the cord a few pulls afterwards to make sure it won't run. Any residual fuel should evaporate shortly.

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Been sitting all winter with stabilizer in gaswon't start.trys but won't stay running.should I try draining gas and replacing

You'd be better off removing the float bowl and jets from your carb. I see this a lot in the early spring. People tell me they put fuel stabilizer in the tank but they still have problems. The reason is they treated the tank fuel but didn't run the engine long enough for the fuel to get into the the carburetor before they shut the bike down. Personally, I prefer to drain the carb before a winter storage. Pull the float bowl and the take the jets out of the carb and clean them out. That will probably fix your problem.

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May 10, 2010 | Motorcycles

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i do not know how to empty the fuel tank, because i need to put my bike in a storage for two months

Leaving the gas in for 2 months won't hurt anything, my bike has been sitting all winter and is ready to go, except for a dead battery. Are you storing it somewhere that requires this? Just drop the fuel line and let it run into a container. You will always have fumes, and the carbs, if it has them, will still be holding gas.

Feb 24, 2010 | 2003 Kymco Venox 250

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