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Forum topic by snowdog posted 10-24-2008 03:33 PM 1264 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-24-2008 03:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: winterize

So it is that time again and I am getting ready to winterize the many out door work horses that consume gas.

My question is, what is your preferred way of winterizing?

Here is what I think:

Added stabilizer
Top off tanks
Run until the stabilizer is in the carburetor (maybe 3-5 min)
Top tanks again

In the past: added stabilizer shut off the gas line valves and ran the carburetor dry Took out the plugs sprays a little oil in the cylinder put plug back Seems like a waste of time

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#1 posted 10-24-2008 06:38 PM

I don’t have anything I winterize since I rely on most of it all year long. The two things I use sparingly throughout the year: the generator and pressure washer I just shut off the glas using the in-line valve and run dry. All I have ever done to them. The generator starts right up every time, even in the winter. I have never tried to start the pressure washer in the winter but it always starts right up in the spring, heck I think the gas in it is from 2003 or so since I use it so sparingly. I have never used stabilizer, ever.

When I summer-ize the snowmobile I don’t do anything there either, that is a 2-cycle engine so I just shut it off and then shut off the gas valve, don’t run it dry or anything. After it has cooled I take out the spark plug and after letting it air out for a day I replace the plug so nothing tries to make a home in the engine.

Weedwackers and lawn mowers I just siphon out the fuel and run dry. Again, I think my supply of 2-cycle fuel mix is about 5 years old and everything still runs great on it, never added a lick of stabilizer.

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#2 posted 10-24-2008 06:46 PM

Interesting topic.
If I fill the tank and winterize I should be able to avoid drying out the carburetor gaskets.
I have run them dry in the past and got away with it but this makes a bit more sense.
One more chore for tomorrow.


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#3 posted 10-25-2008 01:13 AM

I don’t winterize my RV or my generator – if we lose power, we move into the RV while the generator keeps the fish tanks warm. I do run them for about an hour a month however.

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#4 posted 10-25-2008 01:21 AM

I just don’t summer-ize

So Much easier. I keep everything in running order all year. You neverr know what will come up.

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#5 posted 10-25-2008 01:57 AM

I lived in Iowa for my entire life before moving here in ‘05. It can get below zero there for days on end. I never did anything to my gas powered stuff. The worst that ever happened was to buy a new spark plug in the spring. bbqKing.

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#6 posted 10-25-2008 03:31 PM

I add Marvel Mystery Oil to the tank let run for about 60 seconds, das ist alles! Spring, new oil (for the 4 cycles), spark plugs, and whatever else needs replacing (pull cords anyone) about every other year.

What I am looking for are suggestions for maintaining the battery in my riding lawn morning. It likes to die and need replacing frequently at least in my book.

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#7 posted 10-26-2008 01:47 AM

Come down under Snowdog. The weather is warming up day by day.

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#8 posted 10-26-2008 05:51 AM

Does moving them out of the way count as winterizing? I suppose I really should do something other than just stop using them.

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#9 posted 10-26-2008 01:48 PM

I forgot to include the battery. Last year I ran a trickle charger to a few of the batters that were outside. I think this year I may take them out and bring them into the shop. In my neck of the woods it gets below 0 (Fahrenheit) on many days. I have also hear that you should never let your batters sit on the concrete so I’;; place it on a board somewhere.

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#10 posted 10-26-2008 03:03 PM

I’m with Bob #2…, another task for this afternoon.

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#11 posted 10-26-2008 05:12 PM

…and then it’s time for paste wax on the saw tables and jointer. Ugh. As I have aged I find nothing redeemable about winter.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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