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forgot to drain gas from snowblower

dvcbwvfans 32 December 6, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Realized we put away the snow blower last season without running down the gas or adding fuel stabilizer to the fuel. Not sure what I was thinking! In any case, should I try to drain the gas from the tank without starting, or maybe add some stabilizer to the tank now and start? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Possibly I'm worrying for nothing.

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#2
drain all the gas out of it and just put fresh new gas in it.

you will be okay, no reason to panic.
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#3
Have you tried starting it to run it out of gas?
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#4
I would try and start it on old gas first before you do anything. You might get lucky. If you have no luck what the above suggested will work.
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I'd just add some Heet and start it.
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I think I would just try and start it assuming it starts fill the tank up the rest of the way. Ive left gas in my mower every winter no stabilizer and it has always been fine. I just recently started running things dry and using stabilizer.
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Yeah, fuel stabilizer isn't always needed. I rarely remember to bring in my fuel tank from my shed and/or drain my mower during winter. Always worked fine getting through MA winters. Don't panic. Worst that happens is you empty the gas tank, refill your fuel container, and refuel your blower.
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Molly, guarding her yard
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Try it and see if it starts. Throw a little fresh gas in there and see if that works. Then drain if none of that helps.
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I may add some fresh gas to the current gas in there and give her a try to see if it starts.
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#10
i've never been bitten by the "bad gas" issue - if you're hesitant, put some stabil in the tank right now, let it sit overnight (to diffuse), then run.
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#11
No harm done although can take some hard pulls to start and can throw some gunk on the spark plug. I would drain or use heet/stabil if you already changed the spark plug which some do yearly like myself but I always forget to drain the mower and blower tank and never been an issue or failed to start with some fresh gas or heet.
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I live on, own, operate a cattle ranch. I have NEVER drained any gas from an engine when it sits for the winter. Tiller (12 years old), lawn mower (8 years old) (both replaced much older models), even 2 cycle stuff. I've never had a problem. I used to have gas tractors for the mower and rake in the hayfield (full size tractors) before I finally switched to all diesel. They sat all winter and started right up in the summer. Sometimes with them though during use the carbs had to be taken apart to clean due to dirt (like 5 minutes in the field). They run most of the day every day for a couple months, it was dusty, and I sometimes was in a hurry filling them out of 5 gallon pails. I never put filters on the gas line, the old tractors only had sediment bowls. I suspect it would depend on your gas. I always have non-ethanol delivered for off road stuff.
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OP did you get that mule started?
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Quote from 1two3 View Post :
I live on, own, operate a cattle ranch. I have NEVER drained any gas from an engine when it sits for the winter. Tiller (12 years old), lawn mower (8 years old) (both replaced much older models), even 2 cycle stuff. I've never had a problem. I used to have gas tractors for the mower and rake in the hayfield (full size tractors) before I finally switched to all diesel. They sat all winter and started right up in the summer. Sometimes with them though during use the carbs had to be taken apart to clean due to dirt (like 5 minutes in the field). They run most of the day every day for a couple months, it was dusty, and I sometimes was in a hurry filling them out of 5 gallon pails. I never put filters on the gas line, the old tractors only had sediment bowls. I suspect it would depend on your gas. I always have non-ethanol delivered for off road stuff.
Supposedly its the ethanol that creates the problem in most cases. Most people cant get ethanol free gas anymore. I used to be able to go to the local airport but they wont sell to me anymore.
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Quote from ReverseHandedJO View Post :
OP did you get that mule started?
Haven't tried yet. Neighbor said he has a siphon so once he digs that out of the garage I think I will try to do a quick drain of most of the gas in there first and replace with fresh. I will update once my mission is complete.
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