Winterize To Avoid Costly Ethanol Fuel Issues
Everyone knows you need to winterize your gas-powered equipment. Well, in Florida, it’s more of storing our generators until a hurricane comes through since the mowing season never really ends.
With ethanol fuel-based issues accounting for an estimated 95% of repairs costs in the spring, this process doesn’t have to be a pain in the neck.
We have an easy method to winterize your mower, generator or any other gas-powered OPE against those ethanol fuel issues. Each piece of equipment will have slightly different requirements overall, but the fuel side is the same.
How to Winterize Like a Pro
Add a few ounces to the tank and crank it up. It’s important to just let the engine idle rather than running it at higher RPMs to move fuel more quickly. Let the tank run dry.
Most of the fuel will be out of the engine, but a little will still be in the carburetor. The fuel stabilizer you added to the mix will help keep it from gumming up or causing other issues during the winter.
Once the engine cools down, go ahead and store it for the winter. When spring rolls around, you’ll be able to start that engine right up.
Using High-Quality Fuel Makes Life Easier
High-quality fuels like TruFuel go through much more stringent refining processes, making it more stable along with having no ethanol. These fuels can be stable for 10 years in an unopened can and 2 years once it’s exposed to oxygen.
While more expensive, you can leave this fuel in the tank over the winter with no issues. If it makes you feel better, go ahead and idle the engine until the tank is dry. In either scenario, there’s no need to add stabilizer to the mix.