Getting ready for spring

I live in the South West, and I know the majority of the country is right now under several feet of cold wet snow, but for us on the leading edge of spring, we are beginning to see life in the yard. Most of it is weeds that are cold tolerant, like mustard and other types of grasses.

With weeds comes the desire to get rid of them as well. Before you pull out the mower, or trimmer to start a spring clean up, you need to be ready and have on hand the supplies you might need to de winterize your equipment.

Now, I have told you many times that you need to winterize your equipment and if you did the equipment is ready to go, just ad gas and check the oil in case there was a leak, but you should be good to go.

For all the rest of you, here is what you should do.
1. Drop the bowl and get rid of all the gas in the tank and Carburetor. This gets rid of bad gas, and any water in your tank.
2. Spray some brake cleaner in the bottom of the bowl and straight up the middle. This will get rid of most varnishes from bad gas.
3. Change the oil and air filter.
4. Add new gas. Do not mix new gas with the old gas in the can that been sitting in the garage for 6 months. That is bad gas most likely unless you treated it. It only will last 2-3 months, and the alcohol is wreaking all sorts of havoc in that can. Start fresh for a new season. Your car should be able to handle it, but the mower wont well.
5. Add fuel stabilizer to the gas can as a treatment. Depending on the brand you will add a ounce or two per gallon and the gas wont go bad for 3 years. That means most likely if you do nothing but invest in a small bottle of fuel stabilizers, you equipment will be fine.

I hope that helps. Be sure to visit the web site or the store Carlsbad Small Engine in Carlsbad, NM for all your parts needs, repairs or just to ask a question. Also if there is something else you are looking for and it is not in our parts room check out our ebay page!

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