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Gas/Petrol gets old!

Hydrocarbon fuels get old, they go off and eventually go gummy. If you have any machine that is going to be stored for a period exceeding two months, drain the fuel from the tank and make sure that any components in the fuel path are cleared out. If possible work an inhibiting fluid into the system - these are commercially available. If the engine has been standing for a long period, the whole fuel system must be cleaned out, not just drained and refilled. The carb must be stripped and often a new carb kit installed. Metal parts are best cleaned with Lacquer Thinners, but do not let the solvent get onto rubber seals and diaphragms.
The cleaning of the system is essential, but the prevention of a potential problem is better.

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