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Re: 76 model 140 winter storage rules about gas

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11-22-2012 07:43:51

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Leave a couple of gallons in it or whatever it has at the moment as long as it is not too low. Add stabilizer, and run it a few minutes to get the stabilizer into the system, shut off the gas, no need to drain the carb. I've been doing nothing for 10 years, decided that maybe I should use stabilizer. In the past all I have done is add a couple of gallons of gas then start them. Some of them get started only twice a year, only problem is dead batteries, not gas. $20-25 battery maintainers take care of that. I got tired of charging batteries.

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11-22-2012 07:53:17

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 Re: 76 model 140 winter storage rules about gas in reply to CNKS, 11-22-2012 07:43:51  
Thank you CNKS.
so by doing this no need in turning gas off and letting the tractor run out?
I have never owned a gas burner tractor before so all new to me. I plan on using this tractor for gardening and pulling small leaf trailer.

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11-22-2012 08:08:17

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 Re: 76 model 140 winter storage rules about gas in reply to Mr. Mac, 11-22-2012 07:53:17  
I have had as many as 8 tractors at one time, and have never drained a carb, and never had carb trouble. As long as they sit only a few months there will be no problem. Of course I live in a dry area, unlike most on this forum. However 90-100% humidity early in the day is not uncommon. My tractors are kept inside, which may make a difference, though.

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11-22-2012 08:02:55

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 Re: 76 model 140 winter storage rules about gas in reply to Mr. Mac, 11-22-2012 07:53:17  
Always turn off the gasoline to the carb (even when not storing the unit, it is both a safety and a proper mode of operation even if leaving the tractor for 10 minutes). As temperatures change fuel will evaporate in the carb getting heavier and heavier residual components as residue in the carb, and making it less volatile. I believe in draining the carb by running it out of fuel. The less air in the tank, the less it breathes in and out with daily temp change, thus less moisture is introduced. Jim

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