Draining the Fuel Tank and Carburetor
Gasoline is highly flammable and explosive, and you
can be burned or seriously injured when handling
Stop the engine and keep heat, sparks, and flame
Handle fuel only outdoors.
Wipe up spills immediately.
Drain the fuel tank, following the instructions of the equipment
Place an approved gasoline container below the carburetor, and
use a funnel to avoid spilling fuel. Loosen or remove the
carburetor drain bolt and washer.
After all fuel has drained into the container, install the drain bolt
and washer and tighten the drain bolt.
Change the engine oil (see page
Remove the spark plug (see page
Pour a teaspoon 5 10 cm (5 10 cc) of clean engine oil into the
Pull the starter rope several times to distribute the oil in the
Reinstall the spark plug.
Pull the starter rope slowly until resistance is felt and the notch
on the starter pulley aligns with the hole at the top of the recoil
starter cover. This will close the valves so moisture cannot enter
the engine cylinder. Return the starter rope gently.
Align notch on pulley with hole at top of cover.
If your engine will be stored with gasoline in the fuel tank and
carburetor, it is important to reduce the hazard of gasoline vapor
ignition. Select a well ventilated storage area away from any
appliance that operates with a flame, such as a furnace, water
heater, or clothes dryer. Also avoid any area with a spark-
producing electric motor, or where power tools are operated.
If possible, avoid storage areas with high humidity, because that
promotes rust and corrosion.
Keep the engine level in storage. Tilting can cause fuel or oil
Unless all fuel has been drained from the fuel tank, leave the fuel
valve and fuel filler cap vent in the CLOSED or OFF position to
reduce the possibility of fuel leakage.
With the engine and exhaust system cool, cover the engine to
keep out dust. A hot engine and exhaust system can ignite or melt
some materials. Do not use sheet plastic as a dust cover.
A nonporous cover will trap moisture around the engine,
promoting rust and corrosion.
Removal from Storage
Check your engine as described in the BEFORE OPERATION
CHECKS section of this manual (see page ).
If the fuel was drained during storage preparation, fill the tank with
fresh gasoline. If you keep a container of gasoline for refueling, be
sure it contains only fresh gasoline. Gasoline oxidizes and
deteriorates over time, causing hard starting.
If the cylinder was coated with oil during storage preparation, the
engine will smoke briefly at startup. This is normal.
If the engine has been running, allow it to cool for at least 15
minutes before storing or loading on the transport vehicle. A hot
engine and muffler can burn you and can ignite some materials.
If the fuel tank is equipped with a fuel valve and/or a fuel filler cap
vent valve, turn them to the CLOSED or OFF position.
You can rest the equipment on its side if the fuel tank is equipped
with a fuel valve and a fuel filler cap vent, and both are in the
CLOSED or OFF position. Position the equipment so the carburetor
is facing up, as shown.
REAR (Operator's side)
As viewed from the above