By: Author John Cunningham. Published: 2020/10/14 at 9:25 am
This video will save you a whole bunch of money. Using a gas stabilizer will prevent gumming of your fuel system over the winter months. Come spring, it’s pull and go. This video covers mixing and adding a gas stabilizer to your small engine.
Fuel stabilizers should be used in all small engines, both 2-stroke (chainsaws, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, etc.) and 4-stroke engines (lawnmowers, snowblowers, generators, powerwashers, tillers, etc).
The fuel stabilizer is not a substitute for oil mix in 2-stroke engines; add the stabilizer to the raw gas first, then continue to mix the oil with your gas as normal.
You’ll find useful resources on this page, tips, and links to tools, parts, and supplies required to complete your repair. Use a gas stabilizer in the fuel system before winterizing your mower or when your gas isn’t used up in 30 days. Old gas goes stale and causes small engine carburetor problems. You can sidestep these common issues by using a gas stabilizer all year round.
Before working on your mower, be sure to remove the plug wire to prevent accidental starting, see “Repair Safety Video”.
Tools & Parts
To nail this procedure, you may need the following tools, parts, and supplies.
Mix this with the gas when winterizing your small engine. Gas isn’t what it used to be; it goes stale, in some cases, after just one month. Bad gas causes gumming, and that’s a carburetor killer. A stabilizer will save you money and stress in the long run. Picture links to Amazon.com.
Briggs and Stratton refuel can. These guys got it right, I like it a lot, it offers press button control, no fuss no mess, and no funnel required. Picture links to Amazon.com.
Gas & Oil Syphon
You’ll find this tool really useful if you need to drain the gas tank, and you will if the gas is stale. The siphon will remove it without fuss or mess, and it can be used for extracting the oil too. Picture links to Amazon.com.
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He’s been a mechanic for over twenty-five years and shares his know-how and hands-on experience in our DIY repair guides.
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