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Lawn Mower care over winter - msg to neighborhood forum
Neighbors, be sure you add Stabil to your mower gas can per directions on the Stabil bottle now that we are getting cooler weather. This will insure your gasoline doesn't go bad over the winter and gunk up your carburetor.
Another option is to simply run your mower out of gas when you're done using it. Knowing when that will be is not always easy, so don't fill it much from now on. If you have to add a little gas to get that last mowing done, so be it. Then run it out before you park it for the winter. And remember to pour the rest of your can into your car.
One of the most frequent problems I see in my hobby repair work, is dirty carburetors. With ethanol in today's gas, the carburetor has become the most fragile part of your machine. Ethanol goes bad in a month or two and leaves a dirty residue throughout.
Yet another option is to use ethanol free gas if you can find it outside of the Chicago Metropolitan area. The hardware store also carries it, but it's darn expensive at $6 to $7 a quart. I'll sometimes run my mower out of gas and then put half a quart of ethanol free in it for that last mowing or two and then I'm good until spring.
Lots of options. Good luck,