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Barrette's Small Engines Inc. - SmallEngines.ca FAQ's
Don't tempt fate, use gasoline stabilizer in your lawnmower!
Dear Norbert and Ken: Last Year I forgot to drain out my gas in several lawn-mower-type-engines, and this spring, they all started prefectly. I know you guys have recomended a gasoline stabilizer for seasonal storage, but how come my engine started right up? I used unleaded gas without alcohol. Without the lead, can gas be stored without varnishing? - Bob
Norbert: I can tell you're a scientist, Bob. You've experienced an interesting phenomenon - your lawn mower started perfectly after a winter of storage - and now your testing a promising theory: Can unleaded gasoline be stored without producing varnish?
Ken: And like a scientist, you're about to utter the well-worn words "Dang! Back to the ol' drawing board." The phenomenon you experienced Bob, was luck.
Norbert: Unleaded gas still tends to varnish. And without a gasoline stabilizer, a lot of engines stored with sitting gasoline over a period of many months won't start. And worst, there carburetors may need to be removed and cleaned.
Ken: This is a classic application of our famous Great Unyielding Truth: It's the stingy person who spends the most. You try to save a few bucks on a can of gasoline stabilizer but end up having to rebuild the carburetor later on.
Norbert: So you can press your luck again next year, Bob, and you may get away with it. Or you can play it safe: Bite the bullet, by a can of stabilizer and ensure yourself a place next year among the great, unvarnished masses.