Long term small engine storage

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Long term small engine storage

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I am going to put my generator in a coma, hopefully for years.

Do you guys have any best practices for how to prevent the carb from getting gummed up during long term storage? I don't want to have to start it just to freshen gas in the bowl. I know to run it dry. Seems to me gas is still in the jets though.

Would filling it with seafoam be good too?

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I think that running it dry clears the fuel from the jets. This has worked fine for me over the years. There might be a little fuel left in the bottom of the bowel. Lots of carb bowls have a drain on the bottom. Also, when running it dry I feather the choke when it begins to sputter. I think this helps get the last bit of fuel out. Not a bad idea to fog piston also.


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DEFINITELY fog the motor!

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Will fog.

I put non-eth with stabil thru it. Then ran it dry. Then wiped out the remnants in the tank (metal tank, how old school is that!). Then took off the bowl & wiped that out too.

It may be 10 years before I need it again! That would be fine with me. Power outages not fun.

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ktoelke54 wrote: 19 Aug 2020, 09:43 I think that running it dry clears the fuel from the jets. This has worked fine for me over the years. There might be a little fuel left in the bottom of the bowel. Lots of carb bowls have a drain on the bottom. Also, when running it dry I feather the choke when it begins to sputter. I think this helps get the last bit of fuel out. Not a bad idea to fog piston also.


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This is what I do. Evaporating gas leaves a sticky varnish behind. I shut off the fuel and run the motor until it dies to get the fuel out of the carb for storage.
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