Draining the Fuel Tank and Carburetor
Gasoline is highly flammable and explosive, and you
can be burned or seriously injured when handling
Stop engine and keep heat, sparks, and flame away.
Handle fuel only outdoors.
Wipe up spills immediately.
Place an approved gasoline container below the carburetor, and
use a funnel to avoid spilling fuel.
Remove the carburetor drain bolt and gasket. Remove the
sediment cup and O-ring, then move the fuel valve lever to the
After all the fuel has drained into the container, reinstall the
drain bolt, gasket, sediment cup and O-ring. Tighten the drain
bolt and sediment cup securely.
Change the engine oil (see page ).
Remove the spark plug (see page
Pour a tablespoon 5 10 cm (5 10 cc) of clean engine oil into
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.
FUEL VALVE LEVER
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
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.
If equipped with a battery for electric starter types, recharge the
battery once a month while the engine is in storage.
This will help to extend the service life of the battery.
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.
Keep the engine level when transporting to reduce the possibility
of fuel leakage. Turn the fuel valve to the OFF position (see