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Best way to winterize equip?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Schrock Lawns, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. Schrock Lawns

    Schrock Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 944

    I have a 60 toro g3 with the kawi fx801 with only about 6-7 hours on the new motor what's the best way to winterize it? To where I won't have to start it once a week and can let it sit for 2-3 months
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  2. BigFish

    BigFish LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,248

    Do what it says in yer owners manual, duh!!
    I would drain most all the gas out of the tank/s, start it up and let it run out of gas. Then drain whats left in the carb. Then, while the oil is still warm, drain the oil and refill with whatever oil yer gonna use in the spring. No need to change the filter. Stick to what it says in the Kaw. engine owners manual.
  3. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,332

    I disagree with that, have heard it will dry out parts inside the carburator. I typically blow everything off, then wash real good. Put on sharp blades, grease everything, and park it in the corner of the shop, hooked up to a battery maintainer. Some people say you need no fuel in it, others swear by a full tank plus Stabil. I do neither and haven't had any problems, but our winters aren't real cold or long anymore either.
  4. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    I would simply run it out of gas. Gas is your enemy. It doesn't age well. Gasoline contains alcohol. Alcohol absorbs water. When gas evaporates, whats left is water. Water creates problems, mainly rust. Rust screws up the carb.....etc.............

    Run it dry. Leave it be. Go on with your life.
  5. blake101

    blake101 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 563

    I always use non-ethanol gas with Marine Sta-bil, and fill it to the top. In my mind it keeps condensation from forming in the gas tank. Have never had a problem with any of my equipment or Motorcycle. Have done this for years and they start right up every time. Different things work for different people. I am sure you will get a lot of different answers. Just my two cents.
  6. ringahding

    ringahding LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 612

    I agree with the draining of fuel & oil, this is what we have done for the past 10 years. In the spring when fueling back up we use sea foam to get to the areas of the engine needed. Carb & pistons will love you for that. We have never used Stabilizer.
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Regardless of what you do, what you don't want to do is leave a gas tank partially full. Gasahol can only pick up moisture if there is air present. Fill the tank all of the way and there is very little room for air. You should use a fuel stabilizer of the tank is full.

    You should also put a tablespoon of oil in the spark plug hole and then turn the engine over a few turns. This will get a good coating of oil on the cylinder walls and piston rings prior to storage. It will smoke a bit when you restart the engine in the spring.

    With 2 stroke and hybrid 2/4 stroke engines, you should put the oil down the throat of the carb instead.
  8. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,674

    Sounds like its easier to just run it once a week. My vote is not to drain the gas out. And why are you draining the oil out?
  9. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,505

    Here is my system for winter:
    - I change oil in the four strokes, just don't like the idea of old motor oil sitting still in there for 4 months.
    - Add Stabil to tanks, run engines to get stabilized fuel into carbs.
    - Top off tanks with stabilized fuel.
    - Charge batteries periodically over the winter.
    - Start engines once or twice mid winter, maybe.

    Quick and easy, but in ten years, never a problem with seven 4-strokes and maybe twelve 2-strokes in the garage.
  10. khutch

    khutch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 495

    Sell it.............

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