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Running the gas down

Hello - I ran the machine today to try to burn the remaining gas in the tank. It ran a half hour, then stopped. I started it up again, ran for awhile, then stopped. Repeated numerous times. Now it will no longer start, but I still see fuel in the tank. Why? Isn't it refusing to start because it no longer is receiving fuel? If so, why didn't it use the last of the fuel in the tank? What should I do?
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Not sure what engine this is in regard to. You can't run the tank completely dry because the pickup is slightly higher the the base of the tank.

The easiest way to remove all the fuel from the tank is to use a suction device to suck out the residual. Home Depot sells an inexpensive tool called the liqui-vac.
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You may see a bit of residual fuel in the bottom of the tank after running the machine out of gas. I just got through draining mine, first with a siphon, to get most of the fuel out, then running it until it quit, about 5 minutes.

I then rolled it out in the sun, loosened that gas cap, but left it on the filler neck to keep dirt from getting in, and left it for the afternoon. When I rolled it back into the garage, the tank was dry from evaporation.

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Harbor Freight is another source for cheap hand pumps. I've got one and it works quite well for this task.
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Just take the gas cap off and let the stuff evaporate over a few days.
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I use the Harbor Freight red suction pump to get most of the fuel out, then use a turkey baster and let the rest evaporate. If you have a steel tank you can also shoot some fogging oil into it as best you can to prevent rust.

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I've used a few siphons and the one I picked up from TSC a few weeks back is the best so far. It has a big primer bulb, check valve and a filter. very nice.

if you have a fuel shut-off...what I often do is shut-off the fuel shutoff, disconnect the fuel line and hook-up a temp fuel line for transfer.

then you can disconnect the fuel line @ the carb & blow some deep creep or seafoam through the fuel line to remove any residual fuel.


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I used to empty all my seasonal equipment gas tanks. But I stopped doing that several years ago. I put Startron fuel stabilizer in all my equipment. It all gets stored that way and always starts on the first or second pull when I take it back out. All my stuff runs better and starts much more reliably than before I was using Startron.


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A friend suggested using Startron a while ago, and that was great advice. Haven't had an issue with small engines since then. I also follow your storage process with similar results.
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Running the gas down

I do the opposite. I add some marine stabil then top off the tank. I then run the engine for 5 or 10 minutes. While running, I shut off the fuel valve and let it run until the engine starves. Then I loosen the drain nut on the bottom of the carb to drain the bowl then retighten the carb nut. I leave the fuel valve closed. Done. I've been doing this for years and have never had a fuel related issue come start up next winter.


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