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A very important vehicle maintance tip.
« on: April 05, 2016, 10:46:08 am »
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    booksmart

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    Re: A very important vehicle maintance tip.
    « Reply #1 on: April 05, 2016, 11:11:23 am »
    I'll follow this up with the importance of using Sta-bil in lawn mowers/small engines that aren't being used for a few months... and how much of a blessing Mechanic In A Bottle is...  :facepalm

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    Re: A very important vehicle maintance tip.
    « Reply #2 on: April 05, 2016, 11:24:57 am »
    I'll follow this up with the importance of using Sta-bil in lawn mowers/small engines that aren't being used for a few months... and how much of a blessing Mechanic In A Bottle is...  :facepalm

    Ummm...... :hmm
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    Re: A very important vehicle maintance tip.
    « Reply #3 on: April 05, 2016, 11:52:42 am »
    Because of how warm our winter was, I wasn't sure if I was going to need to mow the lawn during months I normally wouldn't consider it, so I did not winterize the mower.  The ethanol in the gas gummed up the mower's carburetor, and I needed to drain the fuel tank (twice (for reasons)) and run two bottles of Mechanic In a Bottle through the fuel system to clean the gunk out.

    Starts like a champ now. Bought fuel that didn't have ethanol in it for future use.

    Lesson learned: they put s___ like that in the manual for a reason.   :banghead

    On the other hand, buying two or three bottles of MIAB (there will now be one on hand in my garage for eternity) saved me from taking the mower to have the carburetor cleaned and rebuilt. Hooray for better living through chemistry.

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    Re: A very important vehicle maintance tip.
    « Reply #4 on: April 05, 2016, 12:28:33 pm »
    Since we're over to real tips;) Bookmark I'd do a look online on how to go through and manually clean small engine carbs. Usually it's easy enough to degunk them, takes a little time and a clean area to not loose small parts. But 99% of the time it's a 10-30minute process that comes in handy to know these days with ethanol gas. Small engines with the small orifices, tend to be the big problem, along with them being occasional use items.

    As another option too you can drain the fuel from the bowl of the carb and turn off the fuel line and it will generally keep things clean though it might dry out some of the orings. I've also had great luck with seaform degunking slightly gunked carbs more than once. And I have luck using it as a stabilizer as well, but generally since I've got so many small engines around I forget several a year, so I just load up a 5 gallon can with a heavy dose of seafoam in spring and use that in the small engines around here for a while. Generally I don't have to tear most of them apart, but once or twice a year one will get gunked and I'll have to tear it down to clean up and get going again.

    But most semi modern small engine carbs aren't a tough project, useful to learn how they work.

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    Re: A very important vehicle maintance tip.
    « Reply #5 on: April 05, 2016, 01:00:03 pm »
    Yeah, the instructions for winterizing the mower were dead simple: "while mower is running, turn fuel valve to off, and run until it stops.  If there is fuel still in the tank, add fuel stabilizer, or remove fuel" (which is easy enough to do, just unclip the fuel line at the fuel valve, and have the appropriate container handy).

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    Re: A very important vehicle maintance tip.
    « Reply #6 on: April 05, 2016, 01:36:56 pm »
    Because of how warm our winter was, I wasn't sure if I was going to need to mow the lawn during months I normally wouldn't consider it, so I did not winterize the mower.  The ethanol in the gas gummed up the mower's carburetor, and I needed to drain the fuel tank (twice (for reasons)) and run two bottles of Mechanic In a Bottle through the fuel system to clean the gunk out.

    No sta-bil is awesome stuff.    And it's a good tip.

    I just couldn't tell at first if you'd realized the blinker fluid thing.   I KNEW you did, I just didn't expect a real tip  :cool
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    Re: A very important vehicle maintance tip.
    « Reply #7 on: April 05, 2016, 01:46:45 pm »
    Well, you know... my day isn't complete until I've made at least one person stop and go "wait, what?"  :thumbup1


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    Re: A very important vehicle maintance tip.
    « Reply #8 on: April 05, 2016, 06:20:30 pm »
    Whenever my wife takes her 4Runner in for service I tell her to make sure the flux capacitor is charged to 1.21 gigawatts. She hasn't fallen for it yet.
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    Re: A very important vehicle maintance tip.
    « Reply #9 on: April 05, 2016, 08:55:14 pm »
    Well, you know... my day isn't complete until I've made at least one person stop and go "wait, what?"  :thumbup1


    Should change my sig to "Sowing chaos and confusion since '74..."

    Yes, especially seeing as you are our beloved gun toting liberal. I am most certain you confuse and anger many upon your daily travels :thumbup1.
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    Re: A very important vehicle maintance tip.
    « Reply #10 on: April 05, 2016, 09:30:56 pm »
    Particularly around Atlanta... >:D

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