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Barrette's Small Engines Inc. - FAQ's

How do I properly store my Summer equipment during the Winter months?

Storing your equipment properly in the Fall will prevent problems in the Spring. The following tips will help you keep your equipment running strong for years to come.

CAUTION! Before performing maintenance on any unit, always disconnect and ground the spark plug wire.

WARNING! Batteries give off an explosive gas while charging. Charge the battery in a well ventilated area and keep away from an open flame or pilot light as on a water heater, space heater, furnace, clothes dryer or other gas appliances.

1) Empty gas tank and oil crankcase. Recycle the oil.

2) Add the proper amount and grade of new motor oil.

3) Fill the fuel tank with fuel treated with fuel stabilizer to prevent gumming in the fuel delivery system.

4) Run the engine for a short time to circulate the additive through the carburetor. Engine and fuel can be stored for up to 24 months.

5) Remove the spark plug and pour about 1/2 ounce (15 ml) of engine oil into the cylinder. Replace spark plug and crank slowly, with spark plug wire disconnected, to distribute the oil. Store the unit with plug wires(s) disconnected.

6) For Twin Cylinder engines, remove both spark plugs, inject oil into the cylinders and crank the engine with the plug wires disconnected.

7) Grease all lubrication points. Wipe the entire unit with an oiled rag to protect surfaces.

8) Charge the battery fully. The battery should be recharged every two months or when the unit is returned to service, whichever comes first.

9) When storing the unit for extended periods, disconnect the battery. Removing the battery from the unit is recommended.

10) Be sure to store the battery in a warm, dry place away from any possible sources of spark or flame.

11) Store the lawn mower in a clean, dry area but not near a stove, furnace, or water heater which uses a pilot light or any device that can create a spark.

12) Do not store the unit next to corrosive materials, such as fertilizer.

13) Pneumatic tires should be isolated from cold concrete floors by placing cardboard between the floor and tire tread.

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