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Service And Adjustments; Storage - Craftsman 917.20381 Operator's Manual

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Immediately prepare your tractor for storage
at the end of the season or if the tractor wilt
not be used for 30 days or more,
Never store the tractor with
gasoline in the tank inside a building where
fumes may reach an open flame or spark.
Allow the engine to cool before storing in
any enclosure.
Remove mower from tractor for winter stor-
age. When mower is to be stored for a period
of time, clean it thoroughly, remove all dirt,
grease, leaves, etc. Store inaclean, dry area.
1. Clean entire tractor (See "CLEANlNG" in
the Maintenance section of this manual).
2. Inspect and replace belts, if necessary
(See belt replacement instructions inthe
Service and Adjustments section of this
3. Lubricate as shown in the Maintenance
section of this manual,
4. Ensure that aIt nuts, bolts and screws
are securely fastened. Inspect moving
parts for damage, breakage and wear.
Replace if necessary.
5. Touch up all rusted or chipped paint
surfaces; sand lightly before painting.
• Fully charge the battery for storage.
• After a period of time in storage, battery
may require recharging.
To help prevent corrosion and power
leakage during Iong periods of storage,
battery cables should be disconnected
and battery cleaned thoroughly (see "TO
the Maintenance section of this manual).
• After cleaning, leave cables disconnected
and place cables where they cannot come
in contact with battery terminals.
• if battery is removed from tractor for
storage, do not store battery directly on
concrete or damp surfaces.
• If unit is equipped with battery indicator/
charging plug, an optional charging unit
may be purchased and connected to the
unit to charge the battery during long term
Inspect and clean the battery
terminals as needed prior to long term
storage with charger connected.
It is important to prevent
gum deposits from forming in essential fuel
system parts such as carburetor, 1uel hose,
or tank during storage. Also, 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.
• Empty the fuel tank by starting the engine
and letting 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 al-
ternative in minimizing the formation of fuel
gum deposits during storage. Add stabilizer
to gasoline infuel tank or storage container,
Always followthe mix ratio found on stabilizer
container. Run engine at least t0 minutes
after adding stabilizer to altowthe stabilizer to
reach the carburetor. Do not empty the gas
tank and carburetor if using fuel stabilizer,
Drain oil ('with engine warm) and replace
with clean engine oil, (See "ENGINE" inthe
Maintenance section of this manual).
1. Remove spark plug(s).
2. Pour one ounce (29.5 mL) of oil through
spark plug hole(s) into cylinder(s).
3, Turn ignition key to "START" position for
a few seconds to distribute oil.
4, Replace with new spark plug(s).
• Do not store gasoline from one season to
• Replaceyourgasolinecan ifyourcanstarts
to rust. Rust and/or dirt in your gasoline
will cause problems.
• If possible, store your tractor indoors and
cover itto give protectionfrom dust and dirt.
• Cover your tractor with a suitable protec-
tive cover that does not retain moisture.
Do not use plastic. Plastic cannot breathe
which allows condensation to form and will
cause your tractor to rust.
IMPORTANT: Never cover tractor while
engine and exhaust areas are still warm.


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