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STORAGE
Immediately prepare your lawn mower for storage at the
end of the season or if the unit will not be used for 30 days
or more.
LAWN MOWER
When lawn mower is to be stored for a period of time, clean
it thoroughly/remove
all dirt, grease, leaves, etc. Store in
a clean, dry area.
Clean entire lawn mower (See "CLEANING"
in the
Customer Responsibilities
section of this manual).
Lubricate as shown in the Customer Responsibilities
section of this manual.
Be sure that all nuts, bolts, screws, and pins are
securely fastened.
Inspect moving parts for damage,
breakage and wear. Replace if necessary.
,
Touch up all rusted or chipped paint surfaces; sand
lightly before painting.
HANDLE
(See Fig. 14)
You can fold your lawn mower handle for storage.
o
Squeeze the bottom ends of the tower handle toward
each other until the lower handle clears the handle
bracket, then move handle forward.
,
Loosen upper hand!e mounting bolts enough to allow
upper handle to be folded back.
IMPORTANT:
WHEN
FOLDING THE HANDLE
FOR
STORAGE OR TRANSPORTATION,
BE SURE TO FOLD
THE HANDLE AS SHOWN OR YOU MAY DAMAGE THE
CONTROL CABLES.
,
When setting up your handle from the storage position,
the lower handle will automatically lock into the mowing
position.
LOWER HANDLE
SQUEEZE
TO FOLD
j
\
MOUNTmNG
PIN
OPERATOR
PRESENCE
CONTROLBAR
UPPER HANDLE
FOLDFORWARD
FORSTORAGE
FOLD BACKWARD
MOWING
POSITION
LOWER HANDLE
ENGINE
FUEL SYSTEM
IMPORTANT:
IT IS IMPORTANT
TO
PREVENT
GUM
DEPOSITS
FROM
FORMING
IN
ESSENTIAL
FUEL
SYSTEM PARTS SUCH AS CARBURETOR,
FUEL FILTER,
FUEL
HOSE,
OR TANK
DURING
STORAGE.
ALSO,
EXPERIENCE
INDICATES
THAT
ALCOHOL
BLENDED
FUELS
(CALLED
GASOHOL
OR USING
ETHANOL
OR
METHANOL)
CAN ATTRACT
MOISTURE
WHICH
LEADS
TO SEPARATION
AND FORMATION
OF ACIDS
DURING
STORAGE.
ACIDIC
GAS
CAN
DAMAGE
THE
FUEL
SYSTEM
OF AN ENGINE
WHILE
IN STORAGE.
,
Drain the fuel tank.
Start the engine and let it run until the fuel lines and
carburetor are empty.
-
Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in the
fuel tank or permanent damage may occur.
-
Use fresh fuel next season.
NOTE:
Fuel stabilizer
is an acceptable
alternative
in
minimizing the formation of fuel gum deposits during stor-
age.
Add stabilizer to gasoline in fuel tank or storage
container.
Always follow the mix ratio found on stabilizer
container,
Run engine at least 10 minutes after adding
stabilizer to allow the stabilizer to reach the carburetor.
DO
not drain the gas tank and carburetor if using fuel stabilizer.
ENGINE
OIL
Drain oil (with engine warm) and replace with clean engine
oil.
(See "ENGINE"
in the Customer
Responsibilities
section of this manual).
CYLINDER
Remove spark plug.
Pour one ounce (29 ml) of oil through spark plug h01e
into cylinder.
o
Pul! starter handle slowly a few times to distribute oil.
,
Replace with new spark plug.
OTHER
,
Do not store gasoline from one season to another.
,
Replace your gasoline can if your can starts to rust.
Rust and/or dirt in your gasoline witl cause problems.
-
tf possible, store your unit indoors and cover it to give
protection from dust and dirt.
®
Cover your unit with a suitable protective cover that
does not retain moisture.
Do not use plastic.
Plastic
cannot breathe which allows condensation to form and
wit! cause your unit to rust.
IMPORTANT:
NEVER COVER MOWER WHILE ENGINE
AND EXHAUST AREAS ARE STILL WARM.
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reach an open
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